Say aye to eyes!
Every fifth blind person in the world is an Indian. Of the 15 million blind people in India, 1.1 million suffer from corneal blindness. And, 25,000 new cases are added to this backlog annually. A compilation of data from last year shows that only 25,713 transplant procedures were conducted. In order to manage the problem, there is an urgent need to perform 100,000 transplant surgeries every year. Almost 80 per cent of the prevailing cases of blindness is avoidable – 60 per cent of it is due to cataract which can be cured with a simple 15-minute surgery and 20 per cent is due to refractive errors, which can be treated with simply a pair of spectacles.