Esoterically speaking, vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others, and it involves more than what meets the eye. In general terms, a healthy eye enables a person to see and visualize. It is a fact that 70-80% of eyes problems can be resolved by early diagnosis!
Currently at least 2.2 billion people around the world have a vision impairment, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed. The world faces considerable challenges in terms of eye care, including inequalities in the coverage and quality of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services; a shortage of trained eye care service providers; and poor integration of eye care services into health systems, among others.
The objective of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute, under the aegis of Sri Chaitanya Seva Trust. is to provide integrated people-centred eye care services. This ensures that people receive a continuum of eye care based on their individual needs throughout their lives. The Hospital, through its network of vision centres, dedicated eye clinics and assessment health camps restore vision of 12000 eyes every year. A large part of these are individuals who suffer a poor quality of life due to cataract. Besides cataract, eye problems related to eye infections, cornea and retina are also attended and treated.
With the support of ministry of health, development agencies, civil society organisations and corporate houses, the Hospital is contributing to the global agenda on vision in order to reduce the burden of eye conditions and vision loss and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG target 3.8 on universal health coverage.