In today’s world, 90 percent of the 285 million people with visual impairment live in developing countries. Thereof 39 million are blind, and 246 million people have low vision.
Visual impairment was the foundation of cbm's work and still forms a large part of the programmes we provide. Most of our work is with cataracts, glaucoma, trachoma and river blindness.
Thanks to the Ranchhod Foundation, cbm New Zealand was able to fund Eye Camps via ‘The Good Samaritan Rural Development Project Eye Hospital’ in Tamil Nadu, South India. The Eye Camps were organised in rural villages that do not have ready access to eye-care services.
Now you might ask yourself, what are Eye Camps about?
The camp team begins travelling early in the morning hours to reach the camp sites which are located in remote areas. By the time they arrive people with visual impairments are waiting for their eye check-up. After registration and routine procedures, an ophthalmic technician screens the patients. If a patient is diagnosed with cataracts they are sent to the base hospital for specific medical tests. Here a doctor examines each patient in a final checkup, corrective lenses are prescribed and they are admitted for surgery. All patients without cataracts also receive appropriate treatment and lenses.
cbm thanks Ranchhod Foundation for making such a huge difference in people’s lives. Through 10 Eye Camps 1,132 people including 291 children received quality eye-care intervention including provision of free glasses to 133 people, transportation, food and accommodation and 118 cataract surgeries.
Together we can do more!