Dr. Jawahar Lal Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital has been serving the community since 1959 and strives to provide the highest quality of eye care services. The hospital performs around 17,000 free of charge eye surgeries per year for the socio economic weaker sections of the society and provides eye care services to the last mile population. This is not enough, until we reach upto 1,00,000 free of charge eye surgeries per year and we know that we can do it together. Support us in the noble cause of restoring sight in someone’s eyes who can see the vibrant colors in life.
Dr. Jawahar Lal Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital functions under the aegis of Association for the Prevention of Blindness, UP a registered society since 1946, whose registered office is Dr. Jawahar Lal Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital, 117/52, Near Gol Chauraha, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur. The society has 12 A and 80 G registration, which means generous donations will be exempted from the income tax.
As per the WHO estimates, globally, around 18 million people are bilaterally blind from cataract, representing almost 50 percent of all causes of blindness due to eye disease. In India, cataract has been reported to be responsible for 50-80 percent of the bilaterally blind in the country. Uttar Pradesh with 15.6 lakh blind has the highest number of sight-disadvantaged people in India.
Many blind people in the country represent poor socio-economic development and inefficient eye care services in the country. This is because about 80-90 percent of the blindness is either curable or preventable. Blindness has profound human and socioeconomic consequences in all societies. The costs of lost productivity and of rehabilitation and education of the blind constitute a significant economic burden for the individual, the family, and society. The economic effects of visual impairment are both direct and indirect.
Thus, “poverty and blindness are believed to be intimately linked, with poverty predisposing to blindness, and blindness exacerbating poverty by limiting employment opportunities, or by incurring treatment cost.” Impoverished people are more likely to become blind due to lack of access to health services. They also tend to be more susceptible to eye infections and diseases and lack awareness about eye health.