The Gift of Vision: Eye Check Up, Correction and Donation Awareness Camp at Surat City
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore
India is home to more than 1.47 billion people in the world and also hosts nearly half of the world's blind and close to a fourth of people with varying degrees of vision loss.
However, a signiﬁcant amount of the country's population has very limited, often negligible access to healthcare, and eye care in particular. Obliteration of unequal economic access to facilitate a better quality of life for those in need has been one of the core aims of Gajera Trust since its inception in 1993.
In line with efforts to give back to society and the needy effectively, Gajera Trust organized an eye camp in Surat city, Gujarat on <date>. The event was hosted in association with Laxmi Diamond to celebrate 50 years of creating a sustainable global legacy of ethically sourced diamonds.
The eye camp was organised to achieve two key goals: to make eye care accessible to people from poor economic backgrounds free of cost and to enunciate the importance of eye donation. Everyone at Smt. Shantabaa Haribhai Gajera Charitable Trust strongly believes in social service and strives to encourage being helpful to everyone, and the camp served to be a ﬁtting path to promulgate eye & organ donation.
The doctors, volunteers and social workers at the Eye Camp selﬂessly focussed on evaluating, and correcting visual discrepancies in at least 5,000 people at Surat. A total of 2,852 pairs of spectacles were donated to people in need after a thorough examination of their eyesight while about 850 patients were provided with eye drops to treat minor variants of conditions such as glaucoma. In addition, 50 people were diagnosed with cataracts at the camp and are scheduled to get eye surgery free of cost to regain visual clarity with the help of Smt. Shantabaa Haribhai Gajera Charitable Trust.
It is miraculous how donating the corneal layer of the eye can make a person gain or regain their vision. Donating organs, or eyes in particular is an act of kindness and mindfulness. Each person who pledges to donate their eyes can provide the gift of vision to up to two people and change their lives forever. As an organization that is deeply rooted in the idea of impacting lives and giving back to society, Smt Shantabaa Haribhai Gajera Charitable Trust wanted to encourage attendees of the eye camp to pledge eye donations, and successfully got 12,710 people to register.