Medicine & Doctors · Public health

‘Botched’ Surgeries Are a Tragic Exception: India Still Leads the World in Good Quality Cataract Surgeries

This article appeared in India Today’s ‘DailyO’ on 04 Dec 2015. It can be found here.

Here is an excerpt:

Since 1976, with the launch of the National Program for Control of Blindness, the government has been providing cataract surgeries free of cost. In the early 1990s, realising that that this had not produced the desired results, it was decided that cataract control needed to be upgraded through more funding, better surgical technology, and intense specialist training. 1995 saw the launch of the World Bank-funded Cataract Blindness Control Project, and since then we have never looked back: we provided modern equipment to hundreds of centres, trained specialists in the most up-to-date surgical techniques, and brought down the cataract proportion of blindness from above-80 per cent to 62 per cent in two decades. Each day, hundreds of visually-impaired senior citizens get back their sight through surgeries done in scores of government tertiary hospitals and private centers of excellence. The International Council of Ophthalmology has generously lauded this “systematic approach” of India.

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