Importance and innovations of eye care in Indian

  • Jan 13 , 2017

One who does not take care of the eyes properly will ultimately have to deal with blindness. The impact of poor vision and blindness on life quality is specifically alarming for people who are living in poverty. 87 per cent of the blind is said to be living in the developing countries such as India.

The economic consequences of blindness are staggering as 90 per cent as they cannot work. Blindness and poverty are linked together because blind people cannot get proper employment to run their lives. Impoverished people are likely to be blind because of lack of health services and also more susceptible to diseases and eye infections.

Economic and social effects of blindness

Blindness also affects the community members and families in India since it limits mobility. Nearly 75 per cent of visually challenged people needs assistance with everyday tasks. Blindness affects the community on a larger level as children are unable to attend schools when they become caretakers for their blind parents. Thus, numerous children don’t get the opportunity to get formal education and these will cause long-term economic problems.

Moreover, blind individuals and their household caretakers in India are also struggling with low income and reduced productivity. Blindness is faced with well-documented risks of mortality associated with people, who are living below the poverty line. Shocking news is that most of the people are dying within ten years of becoming blindness. Additionally, eye diseases also result in some other disease like diabetes and obesity.

Innovation in the research goal

There are relatively some published studies regarding eye care in India and other developing countries. Unite for Sight encouraging every volunteer to consider the research study to give significant knowledge for the eye care community in the global scale. Well conducted research can be important for the global health endeavor’s success and this research not only forms a programme development foundation policy in the world but also translates the efficient global health programs. It is important to focus the public health programs on eye care interventions and preventing blindness. These will enhance the quality of life for individuals and also for their families.

Innovative methods of treatment can also be applied, in order to cover every nook and corner of India. Mobile eye care vans such as the ones by Niramaya Charitable Trust, Laxmi Charitable Trust and Cognizant Foundation (in association with NAB) have been able to deploy such vans.