Blindness is one of the most severe – yet preventable and treatable – illnesses faced by the lower socio-economic strata of society. Fortunately, there are several cost effective interventions available to treat visual impairment and blindness. The eye and health care project of Mumbai Smiles provides eye/health care screening & treatment facilities to the underprivileged communities. The project aims to spread awareness and improve access to eye/health care services.
With this objective, a diabetic Retinopathy and eye checkup camp was organised at Suryanagar, Vikroli. A total of 105 beneficiaries were checked at the camp. In total, 20 patients were screened for Cataract and 11 were referred for another checkup. 55 spectacles were distributed among beneficiaries. The camp ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The objective behind organizing this camp was to screen for curable eye problems at a stage where interventions can prevent blindness. The beneficiaries who participated were above 18 years.
The camp was organized in collaboration with Aditya jyot foundation, our partners in eye camp projects. Their collaboration till now has been very fruitful since they have helped in training our Balwadi teachers and assistants and enabled us to organize numerous camps.
One of the beneficiaries of the camp shared his thoughts: “These camps provide for reliable and affordable means to take care of our health.Thank you for organizing such camps from time to time.”
Mumbai Smiles strives to continue to work with the community in the areas that they most need.
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