Corneal Blindness is one of the most common causes of blindness in India. India shoulders the largest burden of global blindness, about 3.5 million across the country with 30000 new cases being added each year.
At present approximately 35,000 corneas are collected in the country every year, whereas 150,000 are required annually to combat corneal blindness. As a result, the patient line-up and wait to get a corneal transplant keeps getting longer with each passing day. Furthermore, the cost of cornea transplant in addition to unavailability for corneas makes it practically impossible for underprivileged people to access these medical remedies. Creating awareness amongst the masses and encouraging them to pledge their eyes for donation, therefore, is of paramount importance. .
We at Netradaan are driven by the belief that quality eye-care is the right of every Indian. In upholding this belief, we consider that Corneal transplantation must be provided free of charge to those in greatest need. With support of the Tej Kohli Foundation and Niramaya Eye Bank, we have executed over 168 free corneal transplants only during the first five months of 2010 and are making steady progress towards our first milestone of retrieving 1000 corneas by the next year.
Through Niramaya Eye Bank's seven rural vision centers spread across the 100 kms radius of Gurgaon, Haryana, we extend primary eye care to patients and identify those who need critical eye-care, including free corneal transplant surgeries.
Click here to see videos and pictures of some of the people who have been benefited by our program.