The interior villages of Coimbatore lack medical facilities and transport facilities which prevent older citizens from getting cataract surgeries.These patients have limited means of income and are often unable to receive the care and medical attention they need for a healthy standard of living.
In collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospital, Punarnava Trust conducts ‘eye clinics’ along with diabetes- screening clinics in different villages in interior Coimbatore.
Eye clinics are held twice a year in the Panchayat to provide cataract surgery for senior citizens. These clinics also offer glasses and corrective eyewear for people from low-income groups and for the general public at subsidized costs.
The first clinic was held in 2013.
As of 2016, 150 cataract surgeries have been conducted and nearly 210 patients were given corrective eyewear.
2017: 150 surgeries
2018: 60 surgeries
2019: 50 surgeries
Aravind Eye Hospital