Eliminating Avoidable Blindness. India is known as the “Blind Capital of the World”, I am running to change the same. You can all also make a difference as 80% of these blindness are avoidable hence #share #spread #support against lack of awareness, inadequate eye care services, gender inequality, malnutrition among mothers, lack of clean water and lack of child immunization which are some of the causes leading to this situation.
Operation Eyesight Universal, which was founded in Calgary, Canada in 1963, is an international development organization working to prevent blindness and restore sight in India and around the world. Operation Eyesight’s Indian chapter, known as Operation Eyesight India, is a non-governmental organization headquartered in Hyderabad. To learn more, visit operationeyesight.com.
Guided by our vision of “the elimination of avoidable blindness” and philosophy of “the best for the poorest,” we work with our partners to provide quality eye care services to everyone, irrespective of their gender, caste, religion and capacity to pay for services. We partner with the government, hospitals, medical professionals and community developments teams to establish vision centres, perform eye surgeries and provide patients with prescription eyeglasses. Through our model of intervention, we are proud to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring sustainable service for entire communities.
Currently in India, we are present in 16 states, implementing 90 projects with 103 vision centres. To date, we have declared 1,010 avoidable blindness-free villages, screened more than 26 lakh people, conducted 2.32 lakh surgeries and provided 2.9 lakh pairs of eyeglasses. Over the last decade alone we have built the capacities of over 3,000 medical and para-medical eye health personnel, over 6,000 government primary healthcare workers and over 1,000 community eye health workers.