Cataract Surgery project
The Cataract Surgery Project was inaugurated in December 2012 in memory of Sri Satuwa Baba Maharaj. Through this project, the sight of those blinded by eye cataracts is being restored.
Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust is working together with the Vivekanand Mission, to offer eye health camps in medically underserved rural areas throughout eastern Uttar Pradesh. These camps serve a population of over 100,000 people. At the camps, doctors identify persons suitable for cataract surgery. They consider factors such as age, overall health, allergies, and the integrity of an individual’s immune system to increase the chances of successful surgery. The camps are only held through the winter months as the hot weather characteristic of the rest of the year significantly increases the chances of infection, adding an unnecessary risk for those participating.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded and vision gradually decreases. Eventually this clouding leads to blindness. Cataracts are very common among the poorer communities in India, especially in the elderly. Poor nutrition, lifestyle factors such as the quality of fuel used in cooking, and lack of education have all been cited as contributing to a higher incidence in some areas.
The Cataract Surgery Project sponsors one hundred (100) operations, all performed by a team of skilled ophthalmologists. The surgeries are done in facilities located near the villages where the camps are held. After the operations the doctors provide 30 days of comprehensive follow-up support for each patient. Tests are performed to determine eye health and strength of vision, and they monitor the use of the protective glasses provided to the patients. The follow-up also includes additional camps to provide continuing education to minimize the risk of infection. The main hazard to successful surgery is the patient rubbing the eye and introducing an infection but due to the diligence of the staff, the operations currently have a 99% success rate.
Goal : Raise $5,000 TO SPONSOR ONE HUNDRED Cataract surgeries
Share this webpage
Inspired by what you read? Share this page with others using the links below!