In India 62% elderly suffer from cataract blindness
Annual backlog of 18 million cataract surgeries
Only 22,000 surgically trained ophthalmologists in the country
60-69 year olds are at 2.74 times greater risk of losing vision
70+ are at 4.86 times greater risk of losing vision
WHAT IS HELPAGE INDIA DOING
In the last 38 years, HelpAge India has supported nearly 9,00,000 surgeries on poor and needy older persons by partnering with nearly 400 organizations (eye hospitals, trusts, NGOs). In the year 2015-16, nearly 50,000 cataract surgeries were performed all over the country through the support of credible and competent Eye Hospitals; and organisations working in the field of eye-care. The project includes awareness generation in the community, the catchment area of the organization, on eye care, prevention of eye diseases/infections, precautions to be taken during infections etc.
Credible and competent eye hospitals and organisations working for eye care are selected for carrying out the surgeries with HelpAge India’s support. Every cataract surgery under the program is performed only in base hospitals and not in make-shift camps. A medical team of doctors and paramedical staff is designated by the project partners for attending to all technical aspects of the camp, decisions regarding treatment of eye diseases, cases for operations, follow up of operated patients, reporting and documentation.
current Program status
The goal of the project is restoration of vision and self-dependence of cataract affected deprived senior citizens in India.
What is Cataract?
It is the opacification (becoming cloudy) of the crystalline lens of the eye. The lens is a crystal clear structure whose clarity might be disturbed because of degenerative process. This might cause opacification of the lens fibers and this spreading of cloudiness in the lens is known as cataract. The cloudiness of the lens scatters the light and stops it from focusing light on the retina and therefore causes clouding of vision.
What is the cure?
Operation is the only cure for Cataract. Only when the hazy lens is replaced with an intraocular lens, the light rays can once more focus on the retina. The Cataract operation should be performed as soon as the cataract starts having an effect on the everyday activities of an individual. One should not let the cataract to spread too much as the harder the cataract gets the more problematic the surgery turns out to be. Unnecessary delay can cause unnecessary difficulties.
How You can Help
You can organise disadvantaged elders in your neighbourhood/city to register for eye camps set up by HelpAge India from time to time. Or you can motivate leading eye hospitals in your city to partner HelpAge India in setting up Eye Camps for disadvantaged elders. Click here
You can help by sponsoring a eye camp for the elders or fund for cataract surgeries cost in your locality or city. Click here
As a corporate or a registered Trust, you can sponsor Eye Camps or fund costs of cataract surgeries for groups of disadvantage elderly. Click Here