Medical & Surgical Services

 Adult Cataract Surgery&Paediatric ( Children) Cataract Surgery) With 1.8 mm incision
 Laser Refractive surgery ( PRK , LASIK and Bladefree LASIK)
 Phakic Intraocular lenses for Treatment of very high refractive errors
 Secondary and scleral Fixated Intraocular Lenses
 Vitreo-Retinal Service (for treatment of retinal diseases )
 Neuro ophthalmology ( eye problems related to the brain)
 Paediatric Ophthalmology (Vision problems in Children)
 Keratoprosthesis Surgery ( Artificial Cornea Transplantation)
 Uveitis Clinic ( Inflammation in the eye)
 Squint Clinic ( Crossed eyes)
 Oculoplasty service ( e.g. Ptosis , Puffy eyes etc.)
 Trauma Service ( for treatment of eye injuries)
 Glaucoma (perimetery , SLT LASER , YAG LASER , RNFL analyser )
 Low vision & visual Rehabilitation ( special training to visually disabled )

DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS - CENSUS

RVF also organizes and facilitates refresher courses with latest medical advancements for the eye-specialists to promote continuing education in best of ophthalmology practices.
 Jalandhar district ranks 9th in area and 4th in population.
 Jalandhar district has a population of 21,93,590 comprising 11,45,211males and
10,48,379 Females.
 Jalandhar district makes 7.9 per cent of the total population of the State.
 Out of the total population of the district, 47.1 percent is in rural area and 52.9 per cent is in urban.

Magnitude of blindness and visual impairment

Magnitude of visual impairment
Over 100 people who were visually impaired, of whom 65% people had low vision and 35%
were blind.
Distribution of visual impairment
By age: Visual impairment is unequally distributed across age groups. More than 82% of all
people who are blind are 50 years of age and older, although they represent only 19% of the
District’s population. Due to the expected number of years lived in blindness (blind years),
childhood blindness remains a significant problem.

By gender: Females have a significantly higher risk of being visually impaired than males.

Geographically: Visual impairment is not distributed uniformly throughout the District. Mainly
it is found that most of the people comes under are poor.
Urban/ Rural Divide
Rural areas had an overall prevalence of 1.63% as against the prevalence of 1.01 % in the urban. The access to service facilities is the most important factor in determining these differences) Nearly 80% of the ophthalmologists are clustered in urban areas, where only 20% of the population reside.
Main causes of blindness and visual impairment (fact sheet)
Main cause of increasing the blindness and visual impairment is unawareness among people and poverty
 Chronic eye diseases are the main cause of vision loss. Uncorrected refractive errors and then un-operated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment. Un-operated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low- and middle-income countries.
 Over 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.
 Uncorrected refractive errors, 15%
 Un-operated cataract, 60%
 Age-related macular degeneration 4%
 Glaucoma, 2%
 Diabetic retinopathy 1%.
We have keen interest for serving people & Changes may occur in above statistical data thorough overall socioeconomic development, concerted public health action, increased availability of eye care services, awareness of the general population about solutions to the problems related to vision impairment (surgery, refraction devices, etc.),availability of proper equipment hampers providing eye care

SCOPE OF WORK

The project commences with identification of the villages having high prevalence of cataract in the selected districts (how is the cataract prevalence assessed?). Permission is sought from the project manager of DBCS of the corresponding districts. Once the approval is obtained, the village panchayat and health workers are consulted to determine the eye camp logistics. The concerned doctors-in-charge of the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) are intimated to refer patients to attend the eye camp (please mention if there is another reason). Word about the eye camp is spread through public announcement system, distribution of pamphlets and putting up banners in public areas a week before the eye camp. A team of ophthalmologists and optometrists goes to identify patients in need of surgical treatment for cataract at the screening camps in the identified villages, sometimes conducting 2 – 3 eye camps in a day. The deserving patients are brought to the base hospital at an appointed date and provided with food, ocular examination, surgical treatment and accommodation, completely free of cost by RVF’s competent team of ophthalmologists and nurses. Following the post-operative vision test,
patients are educated about post-operative care and are discharged from the hospital. Post-operative recovery of the patients is evaluated by conducting follow up screening at 1 week and 4 week intervals, until 6 weeks. Patients residing in villages within 50-60 km. are called to the base hospital for the final follow up. Patients residing farther than that are referred to partner local eye care providers, thus creating and utilizing an accessible network of eye care facilities.
Timetable
We aim to conduct 2500 cataract surgeries to allay the predominant cause of preventable and curable blindness, to be completed in 4 phases over the project period of 1 year. The project progress will be measured using following key process indicators.
Impact
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