On one hand, India is proclaimed as a “shining”, a “booming” economy, with swift strides in globalisation, in technology and innovation, on the other hand, multitudes of its populace lack basic fundamentals of food, healthcare and education. As we move outside the main cities and towns in India, we hit upon villages that are totally outside the reach of any primary and basic healthcare facility. The populace comprises of poor rural folk—adivasis, dalits, farmers, tribals, woodcutters and shepherds all earning meagre daily wages. As they age, they become blind, thus creating a deep impact on the individual’s and his family’s personal, social, emotional and economic life. The economic burden on the individual and families is directly co-related to the number of blind years of the individual. High levels of illiteracy coupled with the fact that they are unable to afford even the basic necessities of life prevent them from
seeking this simple cure of an eye surgery. But, it doesn’t have to be this way as a vast majority of this blindness can be prevented or treated.
Although India is approaching a developed nation status, it is home to some of the world’s poorest people. Its huge populace accounting to one-sixth of the world’s population still fit in the "underprivileged" category and "need help".
People who live in Asia and Africa are 5-10 times more likely to go blind than people who live in industrialized nations.
Poverty and ill health, including eye diseases, are closely linked. Inadequate nutrition, poor education, poor sanitation and insufficient access to clean water are all factors that accelerate blindness.
More than half of the world’s blind live in India (9 million).
75% of blindness can be prevented or cured!