Prema Chande on behalf of Optometric Education Society, India
Developing sustainable primary eye care services in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India for adults and children.
Rishikesh is a small semi-rural town located in the foothills of Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is a religious city. The present population of Rishikesh is about 200,000 and the per capita income of the state is less than USD 1,200 per year.
It is estimated that 30% of the population requires primary eye care services including adults and children. However, the population has little access to eye care services. The Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital is located in the premises of an ashram and serves for primary health care needs as well as dental, ophthalmic and physiotherapy requirement. The Ophthalmic department of the hospital has been providing cataract services in form of camps with help of doctors from Lotus Eye Hospital, Mumbai.
The goal of this primary eye care project is to provide permanent primary eye care services on a continual basis and establish a daily out patient service for eye and vision care as a sustainable model.