Alibaug villages get free cataract surgeries

01 Apr 2018

Cataract is one of the major causes of blindness in India. According to WHO the annual incidence of cataract blindness is an approx. 3.8 million in India, which is a staggering number. The irony being that many people in India don’t know, especially the underprivileged, that cataract can be treated with the help of a simple surgery.

More than 1000 free surgeries has been sponsored as Indiabulls Foundation partners with K. B. Haji Bachooali Charitable Ophthalmic & E.N.T. Hospital to provide comprehensive eye care services to the rural and tribal people of Alibaug taluka in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Promoting awareness is the major part of this programme wherein the trained paramedical staff conducts daily awareness camps in the villages.

Subsequently, these patients are screened by a team of ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians on a fortnightly basis at their door step in their village and provided with the primary eye care services. However, those in need of a cataract surgery are immediately brought to Mumbai and operated at Bachooali Hospital, The to & fro of the patients to Mumbai is completely taken care by IBF.