Frequently Asked Questions

Operation Eyesight India is a non-governmental organization working to eliminate blindness in partnership with governments, hospitals, medical professionals, corporations and community development teams. With a local office in Hyderabad, we are part of Operation Eyesight Universal, which has been saving sight and preventing blindness since 1963.

Our work is possible thanks to the support of corporations, institutions and the help of donations from people like you! Since inception, we have brought sight-restoration and blindness-prevention treatment to millions of people around the world. Our work is critical because blindness robs people of their economic opportunity, independence and even their dignity, and can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor. We believe avoidable blindness will be eliminated when everyone has access to quality eye care, regardless of their ability to pay.

Presently we are in 16 states. Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttara Khand, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Andra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Avoidable blindness is defined as blindness which could be either treated or prevented by known, cost-effective means. Nearly 75% of the world’s blind are avoidably so.

Blindness is a major health issue. Among the very young, the very poor and the elderly, visual impairment can lead to death. Vision loss robs people of their independence, financial stability, opportunity and dignity.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the largest cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error (the need for a simple eye exam and a pair of eyeglasses). The next largest cause is cataracts. Other causes include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and eye conditions in children such as vitamin A deficiency.

We work on 4 aspects to address the eye health situation

  • Community Eye Health
  • Hospital Improvement
  • Disease Control
  • Research and Advocacy

Each of these areas has impact and success indicators like number of door-to-door survey and eye screening done, female and primary health worker trained, Avoidable blindness-free villages declared, vision centers established, Hospital upgradations happened, eye surgery done, spectacles dispensed and etc basis which the impact is measured and shared within the sector, partners and donors.

Operation Eyesight is also the founding member of Vision 2020 India, which is an initiative that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness. The Government of India has invited us to replicate our model.

Operation Eyesight has a comprehensive process of selecting and partnering with an eye hospital. The process has been designed to collectively reach the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness.  To know about the requirement and the process, please write to us at contact@operationeyesightindia.org.

We appreciate your support!  There are various ways you can become a reason for someone’s vision:

  • Donate online at www.operationeyesightindia.com/donate
  • Courier your cheque/demand draft in favor of Operation Eyesight India at:
  • Operation Eyesight India
    International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care (ICARE)
    L. V. Prasad Eye Institute
    Kismathpur Campus, Donbosco Nagar, Rajendra Nagar
    Hyderabad, India 500 086
    Tel: 040-30615616/17

Yes. Like minded corporations and institutions extend their support to take the mission forward, such as Congnizant, Standard Chartered and Bharat Financials.

All donations in favor of Operation Eyesight India are eligible of 50% tax exemption in India under Section 80G.

When you donate you will receive:

  • A receipt for your donation and tax exemption benefit which will be sent to you within 30 working days.
  • Regular updates via email and newsletters about our activities.

Operation Eyesight is focused on long-term, local solutions involving local (indigenous) expertise. As a result, the scope of volunteering is limited. But again your skill set and expertise might be helpful in further addressing the issue hence do share your volunteering request to contact@operationeyesightindia.org explaining why and how you can bring in a change through your volunteering so that we can explore the same mutually.

No. There are a variety of complex reasons for this, but the short answer is that it’s expensive to collect, sort and ship eyeglasses overseas and nearly impossible to properly match prescriptions. Rather than provide those in need with inferior products, we’ve made eyeglasses part of our solution to the problem of avoidable blindness. By supporting the sale of locally-made eyeglasses by our partner hospitals, those hospitals are able to reach financial self-sustainability and subsidize the cost of eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them.

Operation Eyesight works closely with physicians and medical experts, but we do not have medical professionals available for consultations. Therefore, we cannot advise or comment on medical issues. However, we know healthy vision is extremely important, so we urge you to consult with your local eye health provider.

Sustainability refers to the ability of the programs we support to continuously operate their own facilities and activities without external support. We accomplish this by helping our partners introduce cost-recovery mechanisms (such as vision centres and the selling of eyeglasses) that allow them to generate revenue. By doing this, we’re creating long term solutions rather than providing short-term aid.

We believe that the community is the foundation of eye health. In order to eliminate avoidable blindness, education and connection must occur along with treatment. We now employ a model in which all of our hospital partners are connected to the community through outreach clinics, education programs and relationships with local leaders and organizations. Our innovative model has been endorsed by Vision 2020 India.

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