A simple surgery gave Nathu Lal hope to live.
Nathu Lal is a forest guard from Bhadurpur in Uttar Pradesh. His hardships began when he became paralyzed. He earned very little because of his bad physical condition and all his earnings went in making sure his three children got married.
His situation became worse when his vision started to become hazy. When he attended an ICARE eye screening camp, the doctors informed him that he had cataract. He knew that he did not have the money for an operation and the hospital expenses. He felt completely hopeless.
He did not want to get into the ambulance to go to the hospital and tried to stay back. That was when he found out that the surgery would be free. He was thrilled to know that for once, he was getting the care he deserved.
He was taken into the base hospital along with other patients. He was examined again and his operation was done was successfully the next day. Although he still has a tough life, being able to access this surgery gave him the strength to go on.
By donating to this program
You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
Rural elderly poor have little or no access to eye care facilities. Often suffering from easily treatable ailments, such as cataract, they are forced to live with blindness. ICARE's Outreach Programme aims at providing these services to the elderly and empowering them to lead an independent life.
Patients requiring surgical interventions are identified through free eye camps and are transported to ICARE Hospital in Noida.Surgery is performed the next day and on the third day, the first postoperative examination is done. Patients found fit are discharged and sent back by ambulance.Their stay, food, medicines, transportation, and surgery is provided free of cost. Postoperative follow up is done at the campsites to help the elderly to avoid traveling back to the hospital.
An average number of 738 surgeries are conducted per month. With a small donation, you can become the reason for someone to see the world.
ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute
23 March, 2021
Gift of Sight
Out of the 39 million blind people worldwide, there are over 18 Million blind residing in India. This makes every 3rd blind person in the world an Indian and makes India the country with the largest absolute number of blind people in the world. According to the National Blindness Programme for Blindness Control, cataract is the single largest cause of blindness in India (62.6%) of total cases followed by refractive errors (19.7%). Both these causes are easily treatable. 90% of the blindness in India is avoidable through prevention or cure and is mainly related to cataract in adults and refractive errors in children. Blindness mostly affects the most vulnerable segment of the population – the elderly – and can cripple not just the lives of these individuals due to dependency and exploitation but also that of their families. They try to seek services that are distant and of questionable quality and at a cost beyond their reach. To expand its reach and relevance ICARE conducts a rural outreach program to provide modern Eye Care Services at the doorstep. ICARE over the last 26 years has been providing sight care services to all sections of the society irrespective of the person’s ability to pay.
ICARE does this by conducting over 1200 screening camps each year at its rural pick- up centers in neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Patients requiring detailed examination or surgery are transported to ICARE Hospital at NOIDA. Post surgery they are dropped back to the campsite from which they were picked. Their 3 days stay, surgery, board and lodging including their transport are all free.