School Eye Screening
Over the years, the BW Lions Eye Hospital has screened two million school children (approximately) for eye disorders.
The School Eye Screening Program has played a vital role in correcting and treating avoidable blindness in children in the Districts of Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Kolar, Chamarajnagar and Hassan Districts.
Spectacles are given free to deserving children and at subsidised rates for others. Complicated cases, if any, are referred to the main Hospital for free consultation. Many eye surgeries for children are performed free of cost or at subsidised rates.
During the last six years, the Prorgam has helped screen 2,37,000+ school children and treated about 30,000. Over 1000 pediatric surgeries were performed ; 60% of these were subsidised. The program has covered 1020+ schools to date.
The Hospital’s Pediatric eye care services were supported by ORBIS, an International NGO which supports the eradication of avoidable blindness in children in developing countries.
BLIND SCHOOL SURVEY
24 Blind Schools across Karnataka were covered under the Blind School Survey. 1393 blind children were examined and 195 were referred to Hospital for treatment. Of these, many underwent life-changing surgeries to restore sight.
TEACHER TRAINING AND REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
The Hospital has trained over 600 teachers, with the assistance of voluntary organization like Sadhanan, Bangalore, Aadhamya Chethana, Bangalore, Samarthanam, Bangalore, Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, Chamarajanagar and Trees, Bangarpet, Kolar.
Dhristi Dhanush Programme for screening adults / children in Rural and Urban is a unique eye screening programme. Drishti Dhanush Bus is fully equipped for vision testing & preparing spectacles on the spot for the benefit of rural / urban population. It has ready lenses and frames from reputed companies like Essilor India. Spectacles are given to patients at substantially reduced prices.
Divya Drushti is a School Children Eye Screening Programme. Everyday a Medical team visits the school & examines about 300 children. The school principal informs parents about their child when eye defect is found. Children with eye defects other than simple refractive error are referred to the base hospital for further management. The Divya Drushti Van has a facility of grinding and dispensing of glasses on the spot. The BWLSSEH has a tie up with Ms. New Vision Generation India Pvt. Ltd (Essilor) which supplies frames / lenses for the benefit of the school children in urban & rural population.