Comprehensive Eye Care Outreach Programme

Comprehensive Eye Care Outreach Pragramme has been implemented since 2010 covering selected 13 districts of Assam which include Udalguri, Baksa, Goalpara, Kamrup (Metro and Rural), Barpeta, Chirang,  Morigaon, Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Darrang and Dima Hasao. It aimed to contribute to the reduction of avoidable blindness due to cataract in the community and blindness due to refractive errors of the schools children in the state of Assam. It was supported by Light for the world (LFW) Austria, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology Guwahati, District Blindness Control Society Baksa, District Blindness Control Society Darrang, District Blindness Control Society Goalpara, District Blindness Control Society Morigaon, District Blindness Control Society Udalguri and District Blindness Control Society Kamrup Rural and Metro.

During the 10 years of project implementation 302 camps were conducted, 6411 cataract patients received successful surgery, 3356 spectacles were provided to school children and patients, and 116454 children and adult were screened.

Reduction of Avoidable Blindness among Children and Youth

Reduction of Avoidable blindness among Children and Youth was supported by Misiones Salesianas Madrid, Spain and carried out with the help of the Medical Team from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Guwahati and 200 Bedded District Civil Hospital Goalpara. Its objective is to contribute to the reduction of avoidable blindness through comprehensive eye care programme in Assam among children and youth. It aims to support the government under the Programme of National Programme for Control Blindness (NPCB), Assam. It was implemented particularly in two districts of Udalguri and Goalpara.

During one year of project, 18 eye camps were conducted at eight schools for children and nine villages for community. 5236 school children received vision testing and 114 of them received free spectacles. 3816 patients were screened, 607 patients from community were diagnosed with cataract during the eye camps and referred for surgery, 416 patients were hospitalized and 393 patients of them received successful cataract surgery at 200 Bedded District Civil Hospital, Goalpara. 1611 spectacles were provided to the patients including community and school children.