- Cataract Surgery with IOL (Intra Ocular Lens)
- Modern standards of operation theatres
- 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 woollen 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.
Barsana 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 and far between 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.
Over 33,000 patients have been screened so far.
More than 4000 patients have been operated successfully.
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:
- 12 ophthalmologists
- 40 doctors
- 150 volunteers
The Bhaktivedanta Hospital has opened a permanent Vision Centre at Barsana. Featuring an operation theatre and OPD, it aims to treat 3800 patients annually.