Eye diseases increasing in India – blindness, get free treatment at these 17 vision centers of AIIMS, and preparations to open

By Divya Ray July 25, 2023 4:27 PM IST

New Delhi. Except for the eye flu that is spreading in India recently, many serious eye diseases are increasing rapidly. The cases of blindness or loss of vision due to eye diseases are becoming serious. This is the reason why it is necessary for all people to have access to primary eye care treatment to reduce this burden of blindness. According to Vision 2020 The Right to Sight, there should be one vision center for every 50 thousand population. However, at present 17 vision centers are being run by RP Center AIIMS Delhi in Delhi-NCR.

At these vision centers, not only a complete eye check-up is done, but the main diseases that snatch the light of the eyes like cataract or black cataract ie Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy etc. are also being investigated. All these are diseases that arise very quickly and at the primary level, but if the investigation is not done then it is very difficult to know about them. Due to which these diseases become bigger and become the reason for snatching the light.

of Delhi Rajendra Prasad Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS Department of Community Ophthalmology in Professor Dr. Praveen Vasistha It is said that RP Center is running Vision Centers at 17 places in Delhi NCR with the help of Delhi Government, Municipal Corporation, NGOs etc. The areas where these centers have been opened are all such areas which are either slums or backward. One vision center is covering a population of about 50 thousand. Here people are mainly made aware about eye diseases by the optometrist sent by RP center, eye check up is done. Free spectacles are given and free medicines are given.

Dr. Vashisht says that at these centers, blind-causing diseases like diabetic retinopathy, cataract or glaucoma are also investigated. For this, the optometrist is also given a portable non-mydriatic fundus camera from outside by the RP center. There is no need to dilate the pupil of the eye for 30 minutes for examination with this camera and it is effective in examining the fundus of the eye immediately.

Under the community-based programme, AIIMS has performed surgeries on around 2,000 patients at its RP Centre. Dr. Praveen Vashishtha, Professor, Department of Community Ophthalmology, RP Centre, said that AIIMS is the only hospital, which is running 17 vision centers among the community. AIIMS is running this center with the help of Delhi Government, Municipal Corporation and various NGOs.

Vision centers running at these 17 places in Delhi-NCR

Nangli Dairy
Nangal Raya
Chirag Delhi
Fatehpur Beri
spring village
Sarai Kale Khan
Patel Garden
Sanjay Colony
to sleep
Jat Khor

Big facility of referral and free treatment
Dr. Praveen Vashisht says that the people undergoing treatment at these vision centers are not only getting free treatment but they have also got a great facility. If they require further treatment after primary eye care, they can be directly referred to the RP center of AIIMS Delhi. They can get treated in RP center without joining normal line. On the other hand, if they have any surgery for cataract or glaucoma etc., then that too is completely free.

More vision centers will open
Dr. Vashisht says that the Government of India has given priority to increase the number of vision centers under the National Program for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment. In such a situation, there is a hope of opening more vision centers at PHC and CHC level. However, at present only Model Vision Centers of RP Center have been started.

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