- It is our constant endeavor to provide quality services to the economically weaker sections of the society and contribute towards strengthening eye care service delivery through our outreach activities.
- The camp patients from rural areas are treated with free of cost cataract surgery, with urban areas treated at very nominal charges of Rs.1, 000/- per eye for cataract surgery.
- With prescribed glasses, we provide customized spectacles at very minimal charges.
- SIWCT in association with NGO’s have committed to conduct 250 free cataract surgeries for the year to the patients coming from rural areas.
- The Mobile Eye Clinic runs camps in various rural and urban areas for Eye Screening and treatment, creating awareness for eye Donation, Eye Care, Paediatric eye Care, Diabetic retinopathy, oculoprosthesis and many more.
CHILDCARE VISION SCREENING ACTIVITY
- It is observed that many children end up with temporary or permanent visual disabilities due to lack of timely attention and treatment.
- Vision screening is an efficient method to identify children with need for eye treatments as it is observed that certain eye conditions like lazy eye when treated before 8 years of age have improved results.
- SIWCT has taken upon itself to dedicatedly provide eye screening facility to school children in and around Thane area.
Brief layout of our ‘Child care Vision Screening Activity‘ is as follows
American Paediatric Association approved compact machine is used to screen the child’s eyes on multiple visual parameters. The test is comprehensive and yet quick.
The machine generates report which gives fair idea of following parameters
- Refraction error
- Lazy Eye
- Childhood cataract and media opacity changes
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY SCREENING AND AWARENESS CAMP
- Diabetes Mellitus affects the vital organs like Kidneys, Heart and the Eyes.
- Diabetic Retinopathy is a disorder of retinal blood vessels resulting from Diabetes Mellitus. The incidence increases with duration of diabetes. About 60% of patients having diabetes’s for 15 years or more will have some form of diabetic retinopathy.
- Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to permanent blindness, thus making the diagnosis and treatment of high importance.
- To help the patient take special care of their eyes and vision, we organize eye care camp specially focusing on Diabetic Retinopathy screening and prevention. The purpose is to help patient to minimize their eye care problems associated with Diabetes.
- We propose you to sponsor towards our Diabetic retinopathy screening Camps.
- Organizing camps allows to spread good eye care precautions with do’s and don’ts.
Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis: Clinical examination of all diabetic patients, especially if the duration of diabetes is of more than 5 years –
- Fundus Photo – Imaging technique to determine early diabetic changes on the retina
- OCT Optical Coherence Tomography – Cross section imaging of the retina which helps to quantify macular edema in a non-invasive manner
- FFA Fundus fluorescein Angiography – A special photographic process in which injection of a dye in the blood circulation helps to identify the stage of Diabetic Retinopathy and to decide the treatment.
Treatment: Blood sugar level controls, Blood pressure control, Anti lipidemic treatment helps to limit Retinopathy and aids in regression of macular edema.
Laser treatment is used to seal or block abnormally leaking blood vessels. Small burst of laser energy seal leaking vessels and form tiny scar inside the eye. The scars reduces new vessel growth and existing ones to shrink and close
Intravitreal Injections – Medical management of Diabetic Retinopathy
- Steroids – help in reducing macular oedema
- VEGF inhibitors like Avastin, Accentrix, Lucentis help in regression of new blood vessels and also used before surgery to reduce intraoperative haemorrhage.
EYE DONATION AWARENESS
According to the Census, 91,000 people are blind due to corneal blindness in India, Every year 20,000 cases are added to it.
Main Causes of Corneal Blindness – Malnutrition, Chemical Injury, Post-Operation Scar on Cornea, Congenital, Age Related.
According to the EYE BANK ASSOCIATION OF INDIA We need 2, 77,000 donor eyes per year. Current cornea procurement rate: 22,000 per year.
As a result there is a long waiting list of needy patients for cornea. Out of 7000 to 8000 deaths taking place in Thane City per year, only 15 to 20 people donate their eyes.
To Pledge Eyes after Ones death & fulfill your wish of Eye Donation through your relatives after death is the process of Eye Donation.
Who Can Donate Eyes –
- 1 year old to 80 years with Clear Cornea
- No Restrictions about Gender, Blood group, Age.
- Person under gone any disease, any surgery (even Cataract) or any treatment
Who Cannot Donate Eyes – Persons infected or died from:-
- Hepatitis B or C
The corneal tissue undergoes thorough testing to check the suitability of the donated cornea in the laboratory. After found healthy, it is fit to be implanted.
- Eye donations cannot be done with living beings, only can be removed from the dead.
- Eyes donated to The Eye-Bank that are not medically suitable for transplant may be used for medical research and education. However, anybody can pledge to donate his eyes and his wish can be fulfilled by his kin after his demise.
How to Pledge
Fill up eye donation formà submit to Vishwanath Eye Bank à Pledge card will be issuedà Keep the pledge card safe & inform your Relatives, close friends and doctor.
Eye Donation is possible, even if you have not filled the Pledge Form with consent of nearest kin of deceased.
Precautions to be taken after death
- Contact nearest Eye Bank. Give them details about the Time and Cause of death and address
- Keep the Eyes Closed and try to keep wet.
- Raise Head up by keeping pillow under his/her head
- Switch off the fan but you can put on air conditioner or cooler
- Get Death Certificate from Doctor & keep it ready to produce to eye bank officials
An Eye Donor can light the life of two blind people by donating eyes after death.
Be a associated partner for campaign taken over by Vishwanath Eye Bank by arranging camps, keeping lectures on Eye donation awareness & distributing pledge forms & Pledge cards.
“And whenever your eyes shall rest, let someone else have all your colour and zest.”