Support the nutrition of poor cataract surgery patients by Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal

Help the faster recovery of cataract surgery patients


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

5 August, 2020

Nutrition for patients


Nutrition for patients

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Smt Dhanalakshmi W/o Sri Subramani aged 55 years resides at Samanthipuram Village, Gudipal Mandal, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. She is doing dairy farm business at home. Over six months, she has been suffering from blurred vision on her Left Eye. Her vision was worsening day-by-day and she was unable to concentrate in the business. Her mother underwent cataract surgery earlier and having good vision. As per her mother’s advice, she immediately attended our eye screening camp at Chittoor on 29th December 2019. After thorough examination by Ophthalmologist, she was informed of having mature cataract in her left eye. She immediately gave her consent to undergo the surgery and was taken to the base hospital the same day. The routine health check-ups were done, she was found to be fit for the surgery. She was admitted on the same day. The Small Incision Cataract Surgery with Intra Ocular Lens in Left Eye was performed on 30th December 2019 successfully. She was provided with medicines, accommodation, food & nursing care during her stay, all absolutely free of cost. She was discharged on the next day with good post-operative vision and dropped back home. Dhanalakshmi & her family is happy now that Sankara Eye Hospital Pammal made a difference in her life – that too totally free of cost. She is now confident as she longer has to depend on others to manage the household activities. She greatly appreciates the help extended. During the last 6 months from 1st October 2019 to 31st March 2020, the Hospital has conducted 237 outreach camps and screened 13224 persons. The Hospital has performed 3464 free, 1425 paying, 754 subsidized cataract surgeries. The Hospital has also performed 307 specialty surgeries.

19 November, 2019

Eye donation Motivators Awards being conducted


Eye donation Motivators Awards being conducted

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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 lakhs surgeries of which over 85% 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 hospitals have performed 4482 free cataract surgeries between January and March 2019.

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

Malliga (MRD No.453971) aged 57 years residing in Chettikulam Street, Sholingar, Vellore district had been experiencing blurred vision for over six months. Malliga and her husband are farmers. They have their own land for cultivation. Due to her poor economic condition, she avoided visiting hospital. Her son came to know about the free eye screening camp organized by Sankara Eye Hospital at Sholingar on 2nd September 2018. She attended the camp along with her son where she was diagnosed with Cataract and advised to undergo surgery in her right eye. She was brought to the base hospital at Pammal.

After the routine health check-ups, the cataract surgery with Intraocular Lens was performed on 3rd September. She was provided with food, accommodation, surgery and medication free of cost. She was discharged on the next day with required counselling and medication and dropped back to their village.

The restoration of eye sight has brought new confidence to Malliga as she longer has to depend on others to manage the household activities, as well, the cultivation. She greatly appreciates the help provided to her through this eye care programme. She has become an ambassador to spread the message about our eye care programme.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 13000
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 3761000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 3079646

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