The Chennai Vision Charitable Trust was established as the Community Wing of Rajan Eye Care Hospital in the year 1996 to serve the neediest and the poorest of patients in the rural villages, who have no possibility of receiving quality ophthalmic service.
Although free eye services are available through the public health delivery system, the rural poor do not avail the service for several reasons. In order to ensure that the rural poor do not remain blind because of cataract for long years, Chennai Vision Charitable Trust has been taking eye services to the door steps of the people living in the remote villages of five Districts: Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram adjoining Chennai, besides covering the poorest sections of Chennai District.
More than 1500 Free eye camps in and around Chennai
More than 1000000 patients screened
More than 80,000 free cataract surgeries with Intraocular lens implantation performed
More than 2500 Corneal transplant surgeries performed
More than 250000 school children screened
More than 65,000 free spectacles and medicines have been distributed in a radius of 150 kms in and around Chennai
Rotary Rajan Eye Bank , a project of Rotary Club of Madras, T.Nagar & RI District 3230, functions under Chennai Vision Charitable Trust and is one of the premier eye banks in our country with state-of the art facilities.
Blind Free India
The fight against blindness has to be taken on a war footing, as otherwise the blind population by the year 2020 will touch a baffling 30 million mark. This is further compounded by the fact that superspecialty within ophthalmology accounts for the slow clearing of the backlog. This trend is more profound in the cities, with the Ophthalmologists being more attracted towards superspecialty treatments rather than basic problems such as cataract. Although cataract accounts for 81% of total blindness, there are other causes of blindness such as Trachoma and Infections (0.2%), Corneal Opacity (3%), Vitamin A deficiency (0.04%), Refractive Errors (7%), Glaucoma (2%) and other causes including accidents and injuries (6.76%). With a view to clearing all backlog of blindness, Rajan Eye Care and Chennai Vision Charitable Trust have launched a project called, “Blind Free India – A Reality” with a holistic approach to combating blindness, with emphasis on prevention and cure. It is a comprehensive eye care project not only aiming to eradicate cataract blindness but also blindness due to other causes.
In the next 25 yrs the world population is going to increase from 6 billion to 8 billion by 2020.And there is also going to be an increase in the global ageing population from 1 billion to 2 billion by 2020 which means that all age related problems like Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degenerations etc… are going to be on the rise.
Tackling this blindness either preventive or curative is going to be a big burden to the govt. So it is important that NGO’s like Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Rotary, Lions club etc. Work along with the govt. to resolve this problem.
No.5, Vidyodaya East 2nd Street (Near Valluvarkottam),
T.Nagar, Chennai 600017
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