You can visit the official website for The Barsana Eye Camp here.
- Cataract Surgery with IOL (Intra Ocular Lens)
- Modern standards of operation theaters
- Thorough preoperative checkup
- Swiss Operating Microscopes (ZEISS)
- Food and accommodation for the patient plus one relative for three days
- Free hot snacks for all during O.P.D. days
- Upon discharge: Eyedrops and medicine for 40 days
- One pair of dark glasses
- One woolen blanket
- First follow up after four days
- Final follow up after 40 days
BARSANA EYE CAMP
Blindness, especially related to cataracts, poses a major challenge all over the world. India, as one of the biggest developing countries, has a large number of blind requiring sight-restoring cataract surgeries. In the early 1990’s more than a third of the world’s total blind population of 35 million lived in India with the majority of these cases due to cataracts, an easily treatable condition.
RESUBarsana is an ancient holy town located 90 miles from Delhi in India. All 120 surrounding villages are riddled with poverty. Access roads are poor, public transport is irregular, and medical facilities are few. Most of the 50,000 people there have no access to a hospital and live below the poverty line. Hundreds go blind due to cataracts every year.
Every year since 1992, Bhaktivedanta Hospital has organized a free cataract surgery camp for the villagers of the Barsana area.
In the 2013 camp, 2950 villagers were screened for cataract and 1210 free cataract surgeries were performed.
All the required equipment, medicine, lenses, and microscopes are transported from Mumbai to Barsana. Volunteers combine efforts to build a fully-equipped, sterile operation theatre for two weeks.
Children and other patients requiring specialized care beyond the scope of the camp facilities are sent to Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, operated on, then sent back to Barsana, free of charge.
Every year, the following team assembles for the Eye Camp:
In India, a lot of cases of dental and oral issues are reported from Barsana and adjacent villages.The BEC has addressed this by conducting a dental camp every year along with the eye camp since the year 2000. Dentists, volunteers & paramedical staff take efforts to setup a full-fledged dental facility comprising of equipment, chairs & wash basin while rooms are converted in to a perfect dental OPD prior to the commencement of the camp.
In the annual camp of 2013, 1980 patients were screened for dental issues.
VISION AND DENTAL CARE CENTRE
The Bhaktivedanta Hospital has opened a permanent Vision and Dental Care Centre at Barsana, featuring an operation theatre and OPD. In 2013, 2120 free cataract surgeries were performed in this centre.
WORDS FROM VOLUNTEERS
“Barsana Eye Camp is an opportunity to understand the depth of character of the simple Brijbaasi village farmers and women who may be poor & illiterate but are wise, happy & deeply devotional. It is both a privilege and an honor to serve both the locals and the staff of Bhaktivedanta Hospital to open my eyes to a deeper perspective of the art of giving and receiving. When I see the service being rendered at Barsana by the staff and volunteers, I feel like staying and supporting them forever by being at Barsana.” – Susan Bauer, USA
“I had the fortune of visiting Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai last year and truly was impressed. And this year (2012) I attended the Barsana annual camp. I could see the same level of care, compassion & professionalism even in a camp setup. I feel truly blessed. I will spread the word to my friends, colleagues and others back in the UK and South Africa. I wish every nurse and doctor to come and have this unique experience” – Sue Sonitra, UK
“Since 10 years I have been rendering this service at the Barsana Eye Camp. And God-willing I would like to go on for many more years to come. This camp is unique in the sense it is absolutely free, no charges whatsoever for the patients. The happiness on the patient’s faces after the treatment is the only remuneration we aspire for.” – Mrs. Khatau, Mumbai, India
“Some locals who come for free treatment are well-to-do. Even though they can afford a treatment at a private clinic, they prefer coming here because they feel the quality of treatment provided here is better.” – Dr. Mahesh Kate, Opthalmologist, Baramati, India