More than 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide, of this one third i.e. as large as 15 million people live in India (WHO Visual Impairment and Blindness, 2013). They spend each day in struggle, dejection, and lack of opportunities. Strikingly 80% of this blindness is curable. For 62.4% this blindness is attributed to cataract which is very much curable. Corneal disorder, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and refractive error are other common vision ailments that are curable if diagnosed timely.
Therefore, DJJS Aarogya has resolved to serve the marginalized people of society with the best Eye Care assistance. Aarogya provides Free weekly Eyecare OPD services at PEC (Primary Eye Care Centre) at Divya Dham, in collaboration with the RPC (Dr. Rajendra Prasad Center of Ophthalmic Sciences), AIIMS, New Delhi Delhi.
This collaborative project provides free eye check-up and consultations, free medicines, vision test and refraction, and screening of cataract patients for free surgery at AIIMS and Spectacles at subsidized rates. In July 2022, DJJS Aarogya organised four eye-care OPDs.
Here are the services and the total number of beneficiaries receiving them, at these camps:
- Free Eye Screening - 420 Patients
- Free References to AIIMS for Cataracts Treatment - 52 Patients
- Free References to AIIMS for other Eye Problems - 17 Patients
- Free spectacles prescribed - 229 Patients
These camps are weekly organised EVERY MONDAY at Divya Dham Centre of DJJS, Delhi.