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Cataract Surgery Mega Eye Camps

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We receive buns as donation through the efforts of Sri Nanjundaiah. For ordinary camps we take 100 sweet buns for distribution to the cataract surgery patients. For Mega eye camps we collect 300 sweet buns and 300 Khara buns to be distributed at the camp. These are the views of the camp at Yadagir

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Cataract is visible in the right eye. He needs surgery and was operated at our Hanamasagara Mega Camp
Hundreds of people like him attend the Free Maga camps in north Karnataka where facilities for surgery is not available in villages and even in taluk hospitals. Sevashrama conducts Modern IOL surgeries in PHC's after making it fit for surgery with Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama's effort and finances. Our main aim is to bring sight to sightless poor, even though cost & effort is much more than that of surgeries near Bangalore. We need donation to help the helpless poor villagers in north Karnataka 500 KM away. Help us to help others in distress.
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She is one among many old people who attended Hanamasagara Camp in Kustagi Taluk of Koppal District, Karnataka, India. Hanamasagara is a village about 40 KM from famous Badami Caves. There is a small Srinivasa Temple on top of the hillock which is quite famous in that region. Plenty of wind mills have been erected on the hillock which generate electricity for the grid. The patient is being assessed for IOL power for choosing suitable IOL for implanting during surgery. Implanting IOL frees the patient from wearing spectacles for good vision after surgery. We insert IOL for all the patients except a few on medical grounds.
Those without IOL are provided with glasses.
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She is one of the poor patients who needed free cataract surgery. She was operated at our Yadgir Mega Free IOL Cataract Surgery Camp. The camp was conducted on 21 & 22 of October 2011 at District Hospital, Yadgir. Women like her attend the camp in good numbers. Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama eye Hospital has limited resourses at its disposal & so we cannot conduct mega camps . We depend on District Blindness Control Programme funds. Payment is irregular and insufficient. We are paid only Rs. 500/- from DBCS. The cost surgery is Rs. 1,500/- per IOL Cataract Surgery. We have to collect Rs. 1,000/- per patient from public as donation. We depend on Individual and institutional donations. It is easier to conduct surgery than collecting donations continuously throughout the year. Our expences is of the order of 80 Lakhs
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This the view of the patients operated at Yadagir on 21st October 2011. We conducted 179 Free IOL Cataract surgeries for the benifit of poor people od Yadagir district in North Larnataka which is a very backward district. Yadgir is 500 KM away from Bangalore on way to Gulbarga. It is a new district and is in the process of development. This is the second camp, the earlier camp was conducted in the month of March 2011 and we had conducted 267 free IOL cataract surgeries at thet camp. We were prepared to conduct 350 surgeries, but only 200 turned up out of which we could conduct 179 surgeries.
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LOOK AT HER EYES. YOU SEE ONE EYE GONE BLIND AND ANOTHER HAS SEVERE CATARACT. ADD TO THIS CONDITION POVERTY AND INACCESSIBLE MEDICAL FACILITY. HAD SHE GOT RIGHT MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE RIGHT TIME SHE WOULD HAVE PROBABLY LED A NORMAL LIFE AND BE PRODUCTIVE TO SOCIETY LIKE ANY NORMAL PERSON. .NOW SHE HAS TO LEAN ON SOME ONE FOR SUPPORT. MULTIPLY THIS HUNDRED OR THOUSAND TIMES. YOU GET A PICTURE OF THE SITUATION PREVAILING IN OUR COUNTRY. IN THE HINERLAND OF KARNATAKA ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHERN PARTS WHICH IS RELATIVELY UNDERDEVELOPED A DISMAL PICTURE PREVAILS WHERE NOT MANY NGOS VENTURE OUT TO HELP THESE UNFORTUNATE SOULS. SRI VIVEKANANDA SEVASHRAMA HAS TAKEN A LEAD BY CONDUCTING MANY CATARACT SURGERY CAMPS IN THESE AREAS DESPITE MANY ODDS INEVITABLE IN VENTURES LIKE THIS
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Left eye you can observe mature cataract which was operated free of cost at one of our mega camps they are poor people who do not have the means to get operated otherwise. They will be waiting for free surgery camps nearer their place of residence

Child operated at our mega eye camp forcataract

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This child had mature cataract in her right eye was operated at one of our mega cataract surgery camps under local anesthesia She regained normal eyesight







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This is Hagaribommanahalli mega eye camp where we conducted 327 free IOL cataract surgeries on 25th July 2011. The patients who were operated on first day are waiting for instructions before going home The doctor with blue sweter is the CMO of the hospital. The camp was a agreat success. Post operative cheak up was conducted after fifteen days.

Cataract patient awaiting surgery

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Old lady waiting for cataract surgery

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