PRASAD Eye Care Programs, India
Tansa Valley, India—Cataract-related blindness accounts for 80 percent of all visual impairments in India. Loss of vision can lead to complete financial and physical dependence, and it can affect personal relationships. Those who suffer from cataracts often endure lives of loneliness and darkness. In the Tansa Valley, many of those suffering from cataracts are illiterate and cannot afford transportation to an eye care facility. Most cannot afford corrective surgery; many do not even know that their blindness is curable.
In the early 1990′s, PRASAD Chikitsa began holding free eye camps in the Tansa Valley, and later established the PRASAD Netraprakash Eye Clinic. In August 2003, we expanded the Clinic into the Gurudev Siddha Peeth Netra Chikitsa Hospital in order to offer more comprehensive care to the growing number of patients. Learn more…
PRASAD Eye Care Programs, Mexico
Mexico—each year, thousands of adults in Mexico lose their sight to cataracts, and hundreds of children are born with strabismus (crossed eyes). In strabismus, improperly aligned eyes cause limited or blurred vision, or complete loss of vision.
Both conditions can be corrected with surgery, but families in rural villages lack access even to basic health services.
In 1996, PRASAD founded PRASAD de México to provide eye surgery to the thousands of individuals there suffering from cataracts and strabismus.
Many adults with cataracts, and parents of children with strabismus, have never even heard of this corrective surgery. Imagine their surprise and delight when a PRASAD de México outreach worker tells them that their sight can be restored, or that their child’s vision can be corrected!
After a corrective procedure, children who had been teased and ostracized at school have the chance to enjoy their childhood and to excel at school. Following cataract surgery, adults who had become dependent on family and friends have regained their vision and their self-reliance.
As of Jan. 2013, more than 24,809 adults and children in Mexico have had eye surgery, at 161 eye camps, through PRASAD de México’s dedicated humanitarian work.