India is home to the world’s largest population of blind people, with an estimated 12 million blind people. Yet, 80% of this can be cured or prevented, stemming mostly from uncorrected refractive errors, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, and cataracts.
Eye screenings and surgeries play such a key role in preventing blindness, and with limited access to optometrists, lower income Indian communities are at a higher risk of eye-related issues and blindness.
We work with NGO Divya Jyot Trust and Lotus Eye Hospital, to provide free eye-screenings, medications and preventative measures for children and adolescent girls from the slums where we work to minimise the effects on their livelihoods and education. We connect with 100 children and girls each week.