Eye problems of the very young and old often gets dismissed and no proper medical attention is sought – at least in the preliminary stages. Early diagnosis and proper care is essential for good sight and in collaboration with India’s premier medical institute (AIIMS) eye camps are held regularly.
Services of the outpatient clinic include diagnosis by specialists, testing, medicines and subsidized spectacles. Visiting ophthalmologists, an optometrist and a medical social worker from India’s premier Medical Institution – All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) attend to patients. They are supported by doctors, and health workers from The Hope Project.
In addition to the primary eye care facility, we have also trained teachers from The Hope Project school and volunteers from the community on primary eye care and vision screening to further spread the reach of our services. They have been provided with vision-screening kits and training so they can screen children.
We also run eye screening camps, in particular focusing on cataract and glaucoma often found in diabetics. The facilities provided are blood sugar testing, consultation by ophthalmologist, refraction and fundoscopy. Patients requiring cataract surgery are referred for the same. Cataract surgeries are conducted free of cost for poor patients at AIIMS.