With sight care a luxury to the underprivileged in the district of Nalgonda, Telengan, the Lions Club of Suryapet established an Eye Hospital for the needy. Firm believers in the ‘right to sight’, the club started the Lions Club of Suryapet Eye Hospital in 1985, with the objective of providing free eye care for the underprivileged.
The Lions Eye Hospital employees qualified and dedicated staff that is backed with modern technology. The hospital has also tied up with LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) for complete examination and uncompromised clinical and surgical assistance, for best results. The hospital offers comprehensive eye care services, and has also established an Eye Donation Centre as a corporate member of the ‘Eye Bank Association of India’. Other services include Phacoemulsification and Amniotic Membrane Transplantation, in addition to Corneal Transplantation a service that is starting shortly.
A primary level service centre for SightFirst – LVPEI, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme, the hospital also offers Hospital Cornea Retrieval, and has been instrumental in creating awareness of the importance of Eye Donation through, rallies, seminars and several other awareness activities across Nalgonda. This has resulted in the recovery of 493 pairs of corneas and more than 8,500 pledges to eye donation.
Not one’s to sit on their laurels; the Lions Clubs of Suryapet have ambitiously started the construction of a new OPD wing to cater to the ever increasing demand for eye care.
With the help of Lions Clubs International Foundation, the hospital has procured several mini busses that helporganize free eye check-up camps in rural areas, identify patients, transport them to the hospital, provide the necessary eye care and then transport them back to their home towns - a complete service for the underprivileged, with no burden on them.
According to Lion Uppala Sampath Kumar, Organising Secretary, Lions club of Suryapet Eye Hospital, “The hospital is a perfect example of Lionism. We are happy to help those in need. So far we have organized close to 2000 camps, and have performed more than 36,500 surgeries; a proud achievement for us at Lions Club of Suryapet. We are now looking forward to the new OPD wing that will help us provide service to many more people with eye problems and carry forward the torch of SightFirst in India. ”