More than five million people live in the East Champaran District of Bihar, in India. Of this total population, an estimated 0.36%, or about 18,000 people are blind in both eyes and can gain back their vision through a simple sight-restoring surgery. Another 1.86% of the total population suffer from visual impairment and simply need glasses just to be able to see again.
The number of visually impaired is growing, unfortunately. The majority of these visually affected live in the villages where there is hardly any access to quality, affordable and sustainable eye care.
For a country like Singapore, most of us cannot even imagine how short-sightedness can even be a problem since the solutions are so readily available.
We are glad to partner Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital to support the opening of their third eye clinic in the East Champaran district on their journey to provide affordable, quality and sustainable eye care.
On the opening day of the centre, more than 160 patients were screened, of which 45 were identified for cataract surgery. To date, the eye clinic has provided quality and affordable eye care to more than 2,000 beneficiaries in the region.