Given the tremendous need in India, SEE works closely with host doctors Janak Shah and Preeti Shah in Mumbai. Dr. Janak and Preeti Shah have partnered with SEE since the 1990s to run their own year-round clinics.
In 2016, Drs. Shah performed 560 cataract surgeries for individuals in need and screened thousands more. In addition to their operation, SEE ran six campaigns in India in 2016, restoring sight to 434 more people. We hold eye clinics in Bhavnagar, Siliguri, Bhojay Kutch, Jodhpur, Kolkata, and Bankrishnapur.
Despite amounting to less than 20% of the global population, over 40% of the world’s blindness population lives in India. This is the result of a severe shortage of ophthalmologists. In a country of 1.2 billion, there are only 15,000 practicing ophthalmologists. The United States, with just a quarter of India’s population, has 20 percent more ophthalmologists.
The National Program for Control of Blindness (NPCB) has made strides to reduce the prevalence of blindness and coordinate efforts to train eye surgeons in India. However, there is still much work to be done.