About the Partner:
Vision Foundation is the nonprofit trust of the Uma Eye Clinic, Annanagar, Chennai established with the aim of eradicating preventable blindness. Uma Eye Clinic has been doing yeomen service in the field of Eye Care for the past two decades, headed by Dr. Arulmozhi Varman, a senior Ophthalmic Surgeon and his team of Doctors.
The Community Outreach project consists of Eye Camps, Eye Care awareness campaigns and Cataract Surgery services to the deserving population. The clinic and Vision Foundation has joined hands with Asirvad Development Foundation (ADF) in eradication of blindness in the villages and slums of Chennai city.
What is done during Free Eye Screening Camps?
The camp team composed of ophthalmologists and paramedical staff proceeds to the campsite. With support from Asirvad Development Foundation (ADF), local volunteers (usually with legible handwriting) record the patient details - name, age and address - in the OP register and case sheet. Patients are given identity cards, which may be used for any future follow-up.
Preliminary Vision Testing:
Preliminary vision testing, Colour Vision and Binocular Vision testing is performed by Optometrists or Volunteers. Vision charts, such as the Snellen (in the local language) and E type charts, are used.
Preliminary diagnostic examination:
Doctors perform the preliminary examination. Clinical conditions such as external eye infections, vision loss caused by nutritionaldeficiency and the incurably blind are examined.
Refraction is performed on patients who exhibit refractive errors, presbyopia, outdated glasses, or aphakia. This process occurs in a 6 meters dark room with one or more trial lens sets, and mirrors. Well-trained ophthalmic technicians refract whilevolunteers control the patient flow.
Senior doctors evaluate the test findings, perform the final examination, review the patient records, make the final diagnoses and prescribe treatment. (In a small camp, one doctor conducts both the preliminary and the final examinations.) Patients advised for surgery are motivated by the counselor to undergo surgery at the hospital.
Patients advised to wear glasses may purchase ready-made spectacles, if available. Otherwise, the sales persons takes the orders, the frames chosen by the patient, and delivers the finished spectacles to the patient at the same camp site or camp organizer after five days. Otherwise the patients will come to the hospital and collect spectacles. The spectacles are provided at a discounted rate for the camp patients. For a select number of poor patients, free spectacles (only for Reading) are also distributed.
Counseling & IP Admission:
Patients counseled at the campsite to undergo surgery and other diagnostic & treatments are at subsidized rates. Patients (Those who cannot afford to pay) counseled at the campsite are registered in IP register and transported to the base hospital for surgery. These patients receive surgery, postoperative care, meals, all free of cost, if the patients are really poor.
Asirvad Development Foundation (ADF) is well communicated about the results of camp, viz., patients screened, number of surgeries performed, patient discharged etc.