Every monthly donation helps patients like Ramesh get their life back
Ramesh (41), works as a laborer and is the sole bread-earner of a family of eight. He had work accident in his right eye and within days started to experience dimness of vision. With constant pain in the eyes and near blindness, he lost his ability to work. He was in utter despair and had no way to support his family.
Through a Community Outreach Program by Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH), he was diagnosed with a cataract. Considering his age the doctors recommended a phaco surgery, which is quicker and restores quality vision. The doctors performed a phaco surgery on his right eye. As no sutures are needed in this surgery, his visual rehabilitation was extremely fast. He resumed work soon after.
He is grateful for the free quality treatment that gave him his life back.
By donating to this program
You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
While cataracts are often related to the aging process, occasionally they also develop after eye injury (traumatic cataract). If left untreated, the person becomes totally blind. Due to poverty, many patients become blind and lose their livelihoods. In such cases, a phaco surgery is recommended.
In a phaco surgery, no sutures are needed and visual rehabilitation was is faster than regular surgery. Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) conducts Community Outreach Programs in underserved areas of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana.
The program conducts free eye camps and surgeries for poor patients suffering from cataracts. By supporting this program you can help a poor patient get free phaco-surgery and reclaim his livelihood.
Dr Shroff s Charity Eye Hospital
25 November, 2021
Preventing Avoidable Blindness
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Dr Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital is dedicated to the prevention of Avoidable Blindness and it tries to reach out to the poor and vulnerable through its tertiary hospital in Delhi, secondary hospitals in Saharanpur, Mohammadi, Vrindavan & Meerut in UP, and Alwar in Rajasthan; and 43 Vision centres spread out across its facilities.Despite the pandemic, work resumed in our hospitals after the lockdown was lifted. Although the lockdowns did slow down our work, community camps stopped and school screening work also stopped. Work carried on at our vision centres and door to door screening was also started in some areas. Proper care was taken to maintain Covid protocols and precautions so that our staff and patients were safe. A total of 7422 eye surgeries were done free for the poor patients, from January to June 2021, out of which 2027 were performed in Delhi, 900 in Alwar, 1617 in Vrindavan, 1793 in Mohammadi, 873 in Saharanpur and 212 in Meerut.
Challenges faced and next steps
Screening patients became a real challenge as the community camps were shut down due to various Covid related lockdowns and safety issues. Schools were shut, therefore school screening programs also suffered. Older patients faced difficulties in coming to the hospital. The financial burden due to Covid related expenses added to our woes. But our supporters came forward and donated in kind, items like gowns, gloves, caps, sanitisers etc.in some areas, door to door screening solved the problem, our funders readily came forward to bear the extra cost of these activities. Our goal is to achieve the Pre-Covid numbers impacted as soon as possible. The next 6 months will be towards stabilizing our services, winning the confidence of our patients and taking all the precautions possible.
Stories from the ground
Sheela Devi, an old lady came to us through one of our vision centres, situated in the slums of Delhi. She was suffering from blindness due to Cataracts. She was leading a miserable life as she could barely see, falling all over and hurting herself. Nobody in the poor household had time for her, even doing her daily chores was difficult. After getting her Phaco surgery at Shroff's, she is a happy person; now she can do her essentials and also help in the house, look after the house and children, while her daughter in law goes to work.
23 March, 2021
Gift of Sight!
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital is one of the best speciality eye hospitals in North India, with highly accomplished and internationally recognised team of doctors, state of the art facilities and updated technology. This Hospital has seen turn of the century and millennium, a legacy being carried forward since 1914.More than 2 million patients benefit from various services, through an internationally accepted hub & spoke model for delivery of quality Eye and ENT care, the hub being the tertiary care hospital, and spokes as 4 secondary centres, 2 speciality clinics in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttarakhand; and 36 Vision Centres spread in these states. Tertiary Care Hospital – Darya Ganj, Delhi; Secondary Centres – Alwar, Vrindavan, Saharanpur, Mohammadi; Speciality Clinics – Karol Bagh, Delhi and Meerut. In addition to this, the Hospital is also managing an eye hospital in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand. All Centres are equipped to provide services for quality Eye and ENT care under one roof i.e. diagnostic, medical, surgical and rehabilitative (hope for those whom surgery can’t help).
Community Outreach: In India’s northern states the prevalence of blindness is 2% of the total population. The state of Uttar Pradesh, alone, has 1.6 million people suffering from avoidable blindness. In 2010, a study commissioned jointly by several institutes in India found out that India may not be able to achieve its goal of eliminating the backlog of blindness in the country by 2020, despite being a signatory to the global platform VISION 2020 – THE RIGHT TO SIGHT. Effectively, it means that large numbers of Indians, oblivious of caste, creed & gender remain bereft of basic quality of life due to lack of access to quality eye care that most of us take as our right.
Cataract remains by far the biggest cause of blindness in India. And the rural poor and marginalized are the most affected. Lack of awareness, geographic barriers, economic barriers, lack of infrastructure and lack of trained personnel, all contribute to the backlog that India combats.
Across the network of Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, routine screening camps are conducted in their catchment area and ensured optimum post operative vision is served to the people. A 15 minute intervention that brings light into dark worlds.
In 2019-20 alone, under this programme, more than 200,000 people were screened across different geographies and more than 15000 sight restoring surgeries performed.
The success of this programme depends on the continuing help and support we receive from local stakeholders, various funding organizations and the Government of India under the National Programme of Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCBVI)
5 August, 2020
Helping others in need!
Helping others in need!
Dr Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital has been working really hard to help poor patients in their successful eye surgeries . For the period Jan'20 to March'20, in all a total number of 4468 cataract surgeries were done. These surgeries were either absolutely free or were done at subsidized rates at our tertiary hospital in Delhi. We also have other hospitals in Karol Bagh area of Delhi which is equally involved in this process. Also, not to forget our teams/staff arcoss India which are our secondary centers in Mohammdi, Alwar, Vrindavan, Saharanpur and Meerut which have contributed with their passion and hardwork in the sucessful implementation of this program by helping so many poor people with the gift of sucessful eye surgery and vision.