Jun 8, 2020

Right to sight

Problem Statement

India, with 29 states and seven union territories, has a combined population of a little more than one billion and represents about one-sixth of the world's population. India has more blind people than any other country in the world. Of the 45 million blind people worldwide, Indian citizens number 12 million, 1 million of whom are children. India carries a significant proportion of the world's blindness and visual impairment, with nearly 6.7 million blind people.

Considering the fact that almost 70 percent of blindness is curable, these numbers speak volumes for the poor infrastructure and facilities available in the eye care sector in the county, leading to a very large un-served population. The loss of productivity, as a result, is huge for India – the cost of blindness in the county equals US$ 3 billion annually. The situation in North India in general and Uttar Pradesh in particular is even more dismal. The state has a 1.15 percent prevalence of blindness. A closer look at the causes for this high rate of blindness - cataract (73 percent); refractive errors (9 percent); glaucoma (8 percent); corneal opacity (1 percent); surgical complications (2 percent); others (8 percent) – clearly indicates that with adequate eye care facilities and infrastructure this blindness is preventable and curable and will add considerable amount of GDP to the country, by restoring vision of preventable blindness of the country.

To address this huge gap in ophthalmic services for the poor, Ishwar Charitable Trust (ICT) was established in 1982 by Dr. Sushil Choudhry in the name of his Late. Mother Smt. Ishwar Choudhry. ICARE Eye Hospital was established in 1993 in Noida under the ICT for providing free of cost eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Barriers prevent both women and men from receiving surgery and they are often more problematic for women. They include:

  • Cost of surgery: Women often have less access to family financial resources to pay for eye care or transportation to reach services.
  • Inability to travel to a surgical facility: Have fewer options for travel than men. Older women may require assistance, which poor families cannot provide.
  • Differences in the perceived value of surgery: Cataract is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of ageing and women are less likely to have social support in a family to seek care.
  • Lack of access to information and resources: Female literacy is often lower than male, especially among the elderly. Women are less likely to know about the possibility of treatment for eye disease or where to go to receive it.

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Jan 27, 2020

Visioned

ndia has the largest population of blind people in the world. That’s over 8 million people. Most of them live in the poorest parts of the country with little or no access to even basic health care facilities.

But did you know that 75 per cent of them could have been prevented from going blind if they had received timely treatment? But poverty – which is both a cause and effect of blindness – can be very hard to break out of, especially in the rural areas where most blind people live.

Promoting eye health in India
Preventing blindness increases access to education, employment and prosperity, and enables greater participation in civil, social and political life. Below are some of the eye conditions we help overcome to promote eye health and restore sight.

Cataracts

Refractive error

Glaucoma

ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute , a unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust has been providing free  of cost eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the last 25 years. ICARE provides eye services by conducting eye screening camps for populations in villages/ slums and performing eye surgeries for patients with curable blindness. We provide free of cost surgical services to over 15,600 patients and screening services to over 150,000 patients from the underprivileged community per annum.

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Oct 31, 2019

Vision restored

India has the largest population of blind people in the world. That’s over 8 million people. Most of them live in the poorest parts of the country with little or no access to even basic health care facilities.

But did you know that 75 per cent of them could have been prevented from going blind if they had received timely treatment? But poverty – which is both a cause and effect of blindness – can be very hard to break out of, especially in the rural areas where most blind people live.

Promoting eye health in India
Preventing blindness increases access to education, employment and prosperity, and enables greater participation in civil, social and political life. Below are some of the eye conditions we help overcome to promote eye health and restore sight.

Cataracts

Refractive error

Glaucoma

ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute , a unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust has been providing free  of cost eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the last 25 years. ICARE provides eye services by conducting eye screening camps for populations in villages/ slums and performing eye surgeries for patients with curable blindness. We provide free of cost surgical services to over 15,600 patients and screening services to over 150,000 patients from the underprivileged community per annum.

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