Vision and good eye health are key factors in an individual’s overall health and well-being. Preventing avoidable blindness and vision impairment is crucial to achieving health and well-being and in the overall effort to achieve the SDGs.
Vision has a significant impact on individual’s overall general health and well-being. Proper vision and healthy eyes help to ensure that children are able to participate in school, adults are able to find employment, and older individuals are able to remain connected to their families and communities. Poor vision and vision loss have also been proven to prevent social inclusion and to negatively impact mental health.
Our programs are designed to provide quality eye care to all, regardless of age, gender or ability to pay. Through our Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Program, local community health workers are trained to conduct door-to-door surveys, identify eye health issues, refer patients for treatment, and educate the community on eye health and general health. As a result, we’re able to provide eye care to those who would otherwise go unreached, and communities become healthier and stronger.
The community health workers trained by our partner hospitals go door-to-door in communities to screen community members for eye health problems and provide health education materials to ensure that no one gets left behind. Although we understand the value of good eye health at Operation Eyesight, we also understand that healthy eyes are only part of a person’s general well-being. Therefore, our community health workers also provide health education on issues related to nutrition, pre- and post-natal health and communicable diseases like tuberculosis.
For Vineela Cherukuri, her position as a Program Officer with Operation Eyesight in India is not just a career she had dreamed of, but also an opportunity to create lasting changes in the lives of thousands of people!