Success Stories

Reducing avoidable blindness:
Since the 1990s, new data on visual impairment have been released by WHO. In 2002, more than 161 million people globally were visually impaired due to eye diseases (refractive error as a cause of visual impairment was not included in this statistic), 124 million of whom had low vision and 37 million were blind. Worldwide, for each person who becomes blind due to an eye disease, an average of 3.4 people have low vision, with country and regional variations ranging from 2.4 to 5.5. In 2006, WHO released new global estimates, which for the first time, included the global magnitude of visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive errors, accounting for an additional 153 million people. At least 13 million children (aged 5–15) and 45 million working-age adults (aged 16–49) were affected globally (Figure 2). Thus, according to WHO estimates, there are approximately 314 million people around the world whose vision is impaired, due either to eye diseases or uncorrected refractive errors. Of this number, 45 million people are blind. This statistic does not include uncorrected presbyopia, the prevalence of which is unknown. And to address these ophthalmic issues Kalinga Eye Hospital conducts more than 220 outreach eye screening cum treatment camps in a year and more than 100,000 people get direct benefit out of that. Apart from that variety of initiatives were taken by Kalinga Eye Hospital to reduce the avoidable blindness and some of them are like;
    • Mission Netrotsav
    • Forest Outreach Programme
    • Child Eye Care
    • Diabetes Eye Care
    • Empowering Local Communities
    • Cornea Collection
    • Vision Center Model
    • The Centre for Community Ophthalmology