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Help the faster recovery of cataract surgery patients by Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal

Needs more donors to continue operations

Help the faster recovery of cataract surgery patients

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This program is fully funded because of donors like you.


Every monthly donation helps more patients get quality nutrition

Sankara Eye Hospital conducts a free eye screening camp at Pattabiram. The patients were screened and 20 patients recommended for cataract surgery were referred to the hospital. Cataracts are completely treatable but if left untreated, the person becomes totally blind. But due to poverty, many patients live with blindness.

The hospital along with free surgery provided nutritious food for the two days that they stay in the hospital. They are provided with three hygienic, nutritious and qualitative meals a day. The 20 patients were taken care with free medicines, accommodation, food & nursing care. They were discharged with good post-op vision and are dropped back home.

The restoration of sight brought a huge change in their life and carry out their activities independently


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About The Program

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Program Description

Sankara Eye Hospital conducts rural outreach eye screening camps through its ‘Kannoli-Vision Saver Project’ in the villages of Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Chittoor districts.

The program covers free treatment, medicines, accommodation, food, nursing care as well as transport to and from their hometowns. Sankara Eye Hospital performs up to 50 free surgeries a day. Nutritious and qualitative food is very important for quick recovery of the patients. The hospital offers unlimited quantities of three meals and healthy beverages for the patients every day for the two days of stay. Special care is taken for diabetic patients.

The attendants that accompany the patients are also provided with free food while caring for them. When you donate to this program, you sponsor the food for the two days of hospitalization for ten patients and help with their recovery.

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About The NGO

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal
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Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal

Sankara Eye Hospital is an ISO 9001 certified, state of the art multi-specialty eye hospital located at Pammal, a well-developed suburb of Chennai City.

This hospital has been functioning as an exclusive eye care center with a singular vision of providing high-quality care to all segments of society, rich or poor. The Hospital offers nine specialty services (Cataract, Refractive, Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Orbit & Oculoplasty, Uvea, Neuro-Ophthal, Pediatric Ophthal) and support services like Contact Lens, Prosthetic eye, and Low Vision Clinic.

This hospital runs a charitable eye care program for the poor under the name 'Kannoli Vision Saver' project. State-of-the-art outpatient facilities exist for examination of all eye disorders and a team of highly skilled Optometry technicians and Ophthalmologists provide personalized and professionally competent care. The three-storied hospital has 140 beds, 20 independent bath-attached rooms, and a modern hygienic kitchen to cater nutritious food for the patients.

The hospital has four sophisticated and fully equipped operation theaters and a team of very highly committed and talented staff apart from 12 senior eye surgeons. The hospital currently carries out an average of 60 surgeries every day and has performed over 250,000 vision-restoring surgeries till now.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Wg Cdr V Shankar (Retd.)

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Vision | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal has

performed 16,158 cataract surgeries on poor senior citizens

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

19 November, 2019

Eye donation rally to raise awareness


Eye donation rally to raise awareness

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal has been conducting rural outreach eye screening camps in around 1200 villages of Kanchipuram & Thiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu and Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Our Branch Hospital at Samarjhola, Odisha conducts similar camps in Ganjam District which covers 3226 villages

So far the hospitals have performed over 2.89 lakh surgeries of which over 85% of the patients are rural poor. The hospitals have performed 4482 free cataract surgeries between January and March 2019.

During their stay in the hospital, the nutritional needs are taken care to accommodate dietary restrictions for hypertensive and diabetic patients.

Story from the field

 Ramachandran   R, S/o.Sri.K.Radhakrishnan aged 49 years, is residing at No.30/21, Adhiyappa   Street, Chintadripet, Chennai. He is   working as mason. 

He was having problem with his eye sight for over eight months. He came to know that an eye screening camp   is conducted by Sankara Eye Hospital on 21/03/2019 nearby his house. He attended the camp and after thorough   examination, the doctors advised to undergo Cataract Surgery in his right   eye. He was brought to the Hospital   and admitted on the same day. 

He underwent the general health checkup for physical fitness. The Small Incision Cataract Surgery with   Intra Ocular Lens on Right Eye was performed on 22nd March 2019,   successfully. He was provided with medicines, accommodation, food &   nursing care during his stay, all absolutely free of cost. He was discharged on the next day with good   post-operative vision and dropped back home.

The restoration of sight has brought a huge change in his life. Now he is able to work as well manage the   day-to-day activities comfortably. He   and his family are thankful for the support.                                                                               
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What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 12010
Village/City/State where project is located Pammal, Chennai, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu and Samarjhola, Ganjam District, Odisha
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 201222000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 175588709

30 October, 2018

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal's Update


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Program Update

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal has been conducting rural outreach eye screening camps in around 1200 villages of Kanchipuram & Thiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu and Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

So far the hospital has performed over 2.75 lakhs surgeries of which over 90% of the patients are rural poor. The success of the Hospital in this endeavor could happen only because of the untiring support of the village volunteers.

We are happy to inform that the hospital has performed 5711 free cataract surgeries between April and September 2018.

Apart from the surgery, during their stay in the hospital, we take care of their nutrition needs. Many of the patients suffer from non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc which need special dietary retrictions. We identify such patients with a unique dress colour and meals for such people are specially tailored for their condition. In the case of diabetics, even the tea served is without sugar. For all patients, the food served is of nutrional value with a healthy balance of vegetables, proteins and cereals.

Story from the field

Indumathi hails from Thiruvoor in Tiruvallur District - Tamilnadu. She is 42 years of age now. Her two daughters are school going children. Her husband is a night watchman in a private company. In order to supplement the family income, she had been working on the National MGNREGA projects which involved in filling of forms for the public. This could not be continued when her vision got impaired which had an impact on the family income.

Indumathi had been experiencing blurred vision for over six months and in view of the economic condition, she avoided visiting the hospital. When the problem aggravated, she attended the Free Eye Screening camp organized by Sankara Eye Hospital at Thiruvallur on 2nd May 2018. She came to know about the camp through her neighbour who got operated in Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal. She attended the camp along with her husband. Her eyes were thoroughly examined and was diagnosed as having cataract in her right eye. She agreed to the suggestion of the Ophthalmologist to get it operated immediately and was taken to the base hospital at Pammal.

The surgery was performed after the routine health check-ups and the cataract removed on 3rd May 2018. She was under postoperative care for a day. On ascertaining her recovery, she was discharged from the hospital the next day with required counselling, medication and nutrition.

The restoration of sight has brought a huge change in her life. Now she is able to continue to engage herself as an earning member. She greatly appreciates the help provided to her through this eye care program.

Between Jan and July '18, a total of 5711 patients were admitted to the Hospital. On an average, each patient was provided one breakfast, one lunch and two dinners apart from four cups of tea. All meals provided are unlimited in quantity. Of the 5711 patients, 1304 were having pre-existing problems like diabetes, hypertension etc and were served with special diet at every meal.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 10000
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year 9897

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