Cataracts account for half of blindness worldwide but, in India, according to an estimate it is responsible for nearly 80% of cases of blindness. Moreover, a recent survey shows that there is a poor recognition level of the early stages of different types of eye diseases among some portions of low-income population in India. Considering this scenario, there is a perceived need for public education and mass treatment to recognize eye diseases and associated risks if such conditions are left untreated. Recognizing the urgent need and importance of availability of good quality treatment facility, The Ponty Chadha Foundation has come forward to take an initiative in this regard, affecting the lives of many needy people.
With an aim to treat people with serious eye conditions who do not normally get adequate and good quality medical facilities, The Ponty Chadha Foundation in collaboration with Tara Sansthan sponsor cataract detection- cum-selection for operation camps to facilitate cataract surgeries in Delhi and adjoining areas. These free camps help thousands of people get a new vision, adding a new ray of hope in their lives. These eye surgeries are performed by competent eye surgeons on the selected patients from these camps free of cost at the Tara Netralaya Delhi and Mumbai.
Starting from June 2013, a total of as many as 60 camps have been organized between June 12, 2013 and November 23, 2014. Some of these camps organized include:
Set up by Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Chadha, wife of the Late Mr. Ponty Chadha, these free eye camps and treatments were part of the efforts to channelize the group’s capabilities towards social welfare and economic development of the related communities. To keep this tradition alive, The Ponty Chadha Foundation regularly organizes free eye camps in its endeavor to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of people.