The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust

LRBT is committed to creating a better Pakistan by preventing the suffering caused by blindness and other eye ailments. To this end it will provide state of the art comprehensive free eye care in keeping with its tradition of excellence and compassion.
Jun 26, 2015

"They say I am beautiful- I wish I could see myself" - Baby Warisha

They Say I am beautiful! I wish I could see myself
They Say I am beautiful! I wish I could see myself

In Pakistan alone there are 18.7 million blind and visually impaired people out of which 2.6 million are children who can be easily cured by simple procedures including cataract which is the major cause of blindness and can be treated for as low as $ 81 for a child at LRBT probably less than you would spend on a dinner/iftar at a restaurant.

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The reality for most blind and visually impaired people in Pakistan is that they have little or no hope of accessing treatment or information on what preventable measures they should take mostly due to unaffordability and inaccessibility to quality eye care. They are often subjected to a life of begging on the streets or need permanent support of their already over stretched families.


There is a strong linkage between blindness/impaired vision and poverty. A blind person is dependent on his family for his/her needs. So not only is there a reduction in the family income as a result of their disability but a family member is also diverted from productive work to act as a caregiver. A study by Sightsavers International has estimated that the annual loss of productivity caused by the 1.8 million people who are blind in Pakistan and are therefore not gainfully employed is Rs 69 billion which is 0.8 % of the GDP.

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In this array of darkness THE LAYTON RAHMATULLA BENEVOLENT TRUST (LRBT) has emerged as the only ray of hope for the poor blind. LRBT is the largest provider of Free Eye-care in Pakistan devoted to the prevention of curable blindness and impaired vision in people who live around the poverty line. It was established 30 years ago by 2 retiring businessmen Graham Layton & Zaka Rahmatulla who out of their love for humanity wanted to give back to the community upon their retirement.

During our 30 years of existence over 30 million patients visited our OPDs and over 3 million surgeries were carried out. We are, according to an independent estimate the largest provider of Eye care in the country treating 36 % of all eye patients visiting OPD of hospitals, performing 27 % of all eye surgeries & 32 % of all Paediatric cataract surgeries.


All treatment as well as surgery at LRBT is totally free so that no man, woman or child should go blind simply because they cannot afford the treatment. LRBT has touched & improved the lives of more people than any other NGO in Pakistan. Help us Help More!

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Jun 12, 2015

Thank you!117 blind Pakistani women can see again

LRBT is the largest free eye care for the poor and the only safety net for 20.46 million Blind and Visually Impaired (11% of the total population) in Pakistan out of which 50% are women. LRBT has recently treated 30 million patients in 30 years. A classic example of how LRBT is transforming the lives of poor girls and women is our 29 millionth patient Athar 19 and his three blind sisters who were all suffering from corneal opacity..

Athar and his 3 sisters went through the trauma of going blind as a result of corneal opacity and the cure for it was Corneal Grafting, an extremely expensive surgery that also requires a donor cornea. The four blind siblings could not afford the treatment and as a result all of them were turning blind one by one.

 A LRBT School Screening team visited the school where Athar and his younger sister studied and from there they were referred to LRBT Korangi Hospital, Karachi. When the doctors found out that two more of Athar's sisters suffer from the same problem they were also brought to the hospital and after their examination and diagnosis they were put on the waiting list of patients awaiting cornea donations. A couple of days later the lucky four were admitted as 4 corneas had been received and were successfully operated. While some vision returned a few days after surgery, it took almost 8 months before their full vision was restored. Ather is back in school now his younger sister whereas the eldest one has found a decent job in a bank. We wish them best of luck and thank you for making it possible.

Mar 27, 2015

Successs Story! LRBT treats 29 Millionth Patient

Athar being examined at LRBT hospital
Athar being examined at LRBT hospital

"The words pounded like drumbeat in my head. No cure, no stopping it unless you undergo corneal transplant" Athar, 19, reveals the trauma of going blind as a result of corneal opacity.


Athar’s mother told us that the signs of his condition were appearing shortly after he turned 10. Not just him but his three sisters also suffer from corneal opacity, which afflicts 14 % of the blind population in Pakistan. There is no treatment for Cornel opacity except that the person undergoes Corneal Grafting, an extremely expensive surgery that also requires a donor cornea.

Athar grew up in a poor locality of Malir Town, Karachi Pakistan with his four sisters. All of them attended a government school in their locality. His father had fits of depression and had taken early retirement and it was his mother who was determined to send all her children to school and worked day and night as a tailor. She had always dreamt of a better future for her children but her dreams shattered when one by one four of her five children started losing sight around the age of 10, with their eyes turning cloudy. His sisters continued school for a few more years but a stage came when gradually all of them dropped out due to visual difficulties. The desperate mother took Athar to an ophthalmologist before he reached that stage, but lost all hope when the doctor told them that there was no cure except for corneal grafting which costs $385 /- per eye. This was simply beyond their means and the grieving mother returned home with her son, who instead of becoming her support had become a burden.


It's a life, Athar once thought, he'd rather die than face. 'I just couldn’t imagine living into adulthood with this condition,' he told our staff. He tried to deal with the fear of dropping out from school by studying harder than usual but in vain, leaving him more desperate and depressed. Seeing his sisters who had turned almost blind he lost all hope as he could see himself heading in the same direction.


Then something happened that changed his life forever. A LRBT School Screening team in one of their routine visits, visited his school and discovered his corneal opacity. He was referred to LRBT’s Korangi Hospital in Karachi. There, after a thorough checkup, he was put on the waiting list of patients awaiting cornea donations. His sisters were also brought to the hospital and were also put on the waiting list. A ray of hope flickered in their lives and they prayed to God for a miracle. A couple of days later the lucky four received a call from the hospital informing them that 4 corneas have been received, requesting them to visit the hospital immediately. Hopeful yet scared they came to the hospital and were admitted for their surgery which was performed the very next day. The corneas were implanted successfully and while some vision returned a few days after surgery, it took almost 8 months before their full vision was restored, which is common in cases of corneal transplants. Upon his last follow up visit, Athar told us that he could not believe he was able to see again.

Ather and his sisters can now see and their hearts are filled with gratitude and praise for LRBT, its doctors and the generous donors. Ather is back in school now and has also found a part time job to support his mother’s income. One of his sisters has rejoined school whereas the eldest one has found a decent job in a bank.
From the depth of darkness & despair Athar and his sisters have emerged into the bright light of hope. They had all accepted it as kismet but were fortunate enough to have access to LRBT which changed their lives forever.

Help us change the lives of millions more like Athar and his sisters. Help us turn them into productive members for their families and society. Help us offer them a future.

Athar after corneal grafting
Athar after corneal grafting

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