Aravind Eye Foundation
247 Third Avenue, Suite 202
Dr. Christine Melton
Chitra Prasad, Donna Campbell
To eliminate needless blindness and provide affordable, high quality eye care service to all, rich or poor.
Background: The Aravind Eye Foundation was established in 2000 to help Aravind Eye Care System spread its sustainable model of high quality, patient-centric eye care to India's rural populations and to other developing countries. It does so by facilitating knowledge sharing and partnerships with higher education, social enterprise, healthcare, government, and other non-profits. The Aravind Eye Foundation also supports a variety of programs of the Aravind Eye Care System, which are not self-sustaining by Aravind's core operations:
Rural Vision Centers: A Rural Vision Center is a permanent, primary care center providing comprehensive eye care services to a population of 50,000 to 70,000. Each center is staffed by a highly trained ophthalmic technician who provides eye examinations, dispenses eye glasses, and treats minor ailments and injuries. Via a web cam and broadband Internet connection, patients are examined by doctors and specialists at Aravind Eye Hospitals.
Ring of Hope: Founded in 2004, the Ring of Hope Fund pays for treatment of patients -- primarily children -- who suffer from retinoblastoma and other eye cancers. To date, more than 900 patients have received free surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and custom-prostheses.
Spectacles for School Children: To date, AEF has sponsored screenings of 36,633 school children through Aravind Eye Hospital-Madurai to raise awareness and identify refractory issues and provide eye glasses free of charge to those cannot afford to buy them.
Training and Education: Each year, Aravind doctors travel to the United States to observe and train with renowned US surgeons and researchers, as well as attending the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists.
Research: AEF funds start-up costs and fellowships to research infectious and genetic eye diseases prevalent in the developing world.