Cataract is one the major causes of blindness in India. 12 million elders are blind & cannot afford treatment. HelpAge conducts more than 45,000 cataract eye surgeries in 21 states. Credible and competent eye hospitals and organizations carry out surgeries with HelpAge India’s support. All surgeries under the program are performed only in base hospitals and not in make-shift camps. Since 1980, this program has benefitted more than 9 lakh elders, not just restoring their sight but enabling them to go back to work and live a life of dignity.