Free eye treatment for slum kids ::: 22 Dec 2008, 0059 hrs IST, TNN

Source: TOI
Bangalore : Here's one foot forward on the road to light. Times Foundation, in association with Narayana Nethralaya, is providing freeeye check-up and treatment to slum children at Rotary Seva Bharathi Vidyalaya, near Kengeri flyover.

Slums in Nagadevanahalli, Mariappanapalya, Ullal Upanagara, Bhuvaneshwaranagara, Golarahatti, Marutinagara, Sonnenahalli, Dupasipalya, Kengeri, Malleshwaram and Rajarajeshwari are covered by the programme.

Doctors and volunteers are conducting door-to-door campaign and children below 15 years are given free eye check-up, which include retina examination, providing spectacles and surgery.

"We have examined more than 800 children. The number might cross 1000. Patients who require surgery are given appointment and will be treated within a week,'' Dr Anant Vinekar said. Satya, 4, who's blind since birth was detected with congenital cataract and will undergo surgery in a week.

The hospital is working with two NGOs -- Aruna Chetna and Seva Bharathi. Twenty volunteers from the IT sector are helping the organizers. There are 25 doctors and optometrists in the team.

The data collected during the campaign will be recorded on an online software created by WHO. This will be used to find solutions to prevent childhood blindness.

The campaign, which started on Sunday, will continue for a year, covering different zones of Bangalore.

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