We strive hard to achieve our mission- “every person has the right to see”. This is made possible by providing high-quality eye care specifically to the marginalized sections of the society and treating preventable vision loss.
PD supports the World Health Organization’s Vision 2020 and strongly believes in improved vision for enabling a better quality of life for the visually challenged poor people.
Since its inception, across 22 districts in Karnataka, 6 districts in Rajasthan and abroad, PD has conducted more than 5000 screening camps and more than 2,000,000 people have been screened.
We conduct free eye screening camps and free cataract surgeries for poor people. With an increase in the aging population, the number of people affected by cataract and/ or cataract-related blindness is also expected to increase. Project Drishti is committed to working towards preventable blindness. At present, Project Drishti conducts a minimum of 15 - 20 eye screening camps every month. In every camp, at least 50 people are screened and on an average 25-30 people are operated for cataract. Project Drishti implements successful cataract surgeries with small incision cataract surgery intraocular lens (IOL )implantation.
The camps are overseen by medical professionals and counselors and those identified as requiring help are put through further tests. If they require and are fit for surgery, Project Drishti takes them to the nearest hospital and where the doctors perform the necessary medical procedures. Once treatment is over, patients are sent back home and instructed to visit subsequent camps for follow-ups.
The money raised shall be utilized to conduct free cataract surgeries for the needy and poor people across Karnataka and Rajasthan. Every week, Project Drishti conducts eye screening camps and cataract surgeries at 5 different locations (Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Tumkur, Chikkaballapura, Doddaballapura, and Kolar). With the new funding, Project Drishti will continue to conduct eye screening camps and cataract surgeries in the above locations, along with expansion of work in some of the backward districts of North Karnataka - Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Yadagiri, Raichur, and Koppal and in Shivamogga which are relatively underserved where fewer Non-Governmental Organizations are working towards eradicating cataract.
The cost of one cataract surgery is Rs. 2000 including spectacles which are provided post-surgery. With Rs. 5,00,000, we will be able to operate and make difference to 250 people.