“OUR VISION IS TO HAVE A HEALTHIER VISION”
S. G. M. Eye Bank and Research Foundation Trust was registered in 1979 is a unit of well-known M. M. Joshi Eye Institute, Hubli. It has been rendering service to the rural areas of Karnataka through free Eye Camps from its very inception.
Keeping the quality of service in mind contemporary updated scientific techniques are being followed meticulously. In the earlier period, camps and surgeries were conducted in the rural areas itself. More sophisticated diagnostic – tools and equipments came, new surgical methods had to be adopted for quality treatment, even for free eye camp. Patients had to be brought to free camp.
So far 707 Free Eye Camps have been conducted in which over 12,00,000 patients have been examined & 3,00,000 cataract cases have been operated using Micro Surgical IOL implants.
This is an on going activity and Trust conduct 10 camps every month and operate upon 300 patients per month. These patients include the one attendant who gets food, snacks, transport and medications absolutely. Free of cost.
The Trust runs an active Eye Bank, the only one of its kind in North Karnataka and one of the very few Eye Banks recognized by Government of India. It is also affiliated to Eye Bank Association of India. Government recognized and affiliated to the National Eye Bank Association. It collects about 200 eyes per year. This helps corneal blind persons some of whom are completely visually disabled. Normally the sight restoring corneal grafting operation would cost Rs.20,000/- but no fees are collected for the surgery as the beneficiaries are usually from below poverty line. We are modernizing eye bank to International standards. We hope to serve more than 1000 people in next 3 years.
This is actively associated in conducting awareness camps at various places in the community to appreciate usefulness and need for eye donations. Trust is sure to get more donated eyes with good awareness programme.
Another prestigious project is to restore sight in curable Blindness to poor people under VISION – 2020 – Right to the Sight, ‘WHO’ project a Government of India project has recognized our trust for extending service towards curable blindness. We are on the executive committee of this programme.
School Sight Programme is another important project in community service, jointly undertaken along with. Department of Public Instruction (Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan – Programmes) In this scheme, Trust help poor primary school students from Government Primary Schools. This programme has received ‘President’s appreciation. These students when referred to us we treat them in full (Check-up/Spectacles/ Surgeries as required). We subsidize 50% of the cost.
Eye Care awareness has become very essential. Hence more and more lectures are needed and are being conducted by our trust, in Schools, Colleges and Community Service Centres. We conduct 10 to 12 Rural and Urban camps per month.
Diabetes is being detected in a very large number of our population. Hence it needs to be addressed. Trust worked out programmes to meet this challenge, by means of arranging “Madhumeha Samvada”, addressing group of Diabetic patients about Health Education and Screening them for Diabetic Retinopathy.