The Lions Club of Bangalore West Trust was formed in the year 1984 with the main objective of setting up an Eye Hospital to eradicate preventive blindness, gift sight to visually deprived people and provide world-class, equitable, ethical, cutting edge technology, free of cost for the poor and affordable rates to others.
The Hospital, a landmark institution for Eye Care in Karnataka State, is a non religious, voluntary, tax exempt, charitable institution serving the visually challenged and the blind selflessly. It is registered under sec. 12A of Income Tax Act & enjoys exemption under section 80 (G) of Income Tax Act.
In all humility as of date we have accomplished 2545 Free Eye Camps and have conducted 1,47,269 Free Cataract IOL Surgeries. Our Eye Bank has collected more than 26,301, eyes free of cost and registered more than 1,13,749 Eye Pledgers, who have pledged their eyes after their death. We have done 6950 Corneal Transplantations till date.
The Government of Karnataka recognising our services in eye care were gracious to give us CA Site at #2, RBI Layout, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore-78. At this site we proposed Institute of Ophthalmology with focus on Diabetic Retinopathy and Low Vision Eye Care.
We are very pleased to inform you that Lions Clubs International Foundation have given us a grant of Rs. 6.80 Crores. We have also raised over 3 Crores from various donations and contributions. We are happy to inform you that Bangalore West Lions Shri Vidya sagar Oswal Institute of Ophthalmology is ready for inauguration on Sunday the 26th November 2017 at 3.45 PM by World President Dr. Naresh Agarwal of Lions Clubs International.
This institute would be a referral centre, not only to serve all Lions Clubs in Karnataka, but will also become a referral centre to treat spectrum of eye care problems associated with Diabetic Retinopathy, it will also have a dedicated Low Visual Aid clinic for rehabilitating people with crippling, blinding disorder of the eye.
This Institute moving forward will also become a Research cum Training Centre for Diabetic Retinopathy and Training of Eye Care Professionals at all Levels.
There are approximately 35 Million People in India with Diabetes , the largest number in any country, and this is predicted to rise to 80 million by 2030. Although progress from no symptoms to blindness due to Diabetic Retinopathy can take several decades, it already accounts for 3% of Blindness in India.
There is no National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy in India at the moment, largely because screening is enormously difficult to plan, manage , monitor and is very expensive.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a significant cause of Blindness and the project aims to manage the disease through awareness programs, screening and appropriate diabetes case management.
We plan to screen approximately 10,000 Diabetes mellitus and treat 1,700 Diabetes mellitus patients during the first year.
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