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"There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark." Helen Keller.

We aims to create awarness for avoidable blindness in society.

According to WHO:

It is estimated that over seven million people become blind every year.
75% of blindness is avoidable
80% of visual impairment is avoidable
3% of those with low vision and 82% of blind people are over 50 years of age.

A few words about Avoidable Blindness

NIO belives in delivering wholistic eye care. Hence, Patient education and awareness about avoidable
blindness and other eye diseses is the first step towards treating these causes of irreversible blindness.


Working together to eliminate avoidable blindness.

What Causes Blindness and how we Fight it?

The data, statistics and narrative in this section are excerpted from the VISION 2020 Action Plan 2006-2010 World Health Organization

Up to 80% of the world's blindness is avoidable.

Avoidable blindness is defined as blindness which could be either treated or prevented by known, cost-effective means. Although there are many other causes of vision impairment, VISION 2020 seeks to address the main causes of avoidable blindness, in order to have the greatest possible impact on vision loss worldwide.

About NIO social initiatives.

National Institute of Opthalmology (NIO) is a multi-specialty eye hospital in Pune committed to delivering high quality eye care, where Dr. Shreekant Kelkar and Mrs. Aruna Kelkar have worked untiringly to bring together state-of-the-art technology and trained experienced personnel.

NIO is the first NABH accredited eye hospital in Pune. Established in 1993, NIO has achieved remarkable growth with the largest pool of highly specialized staff comprising of over 20 eye specialists, and 70 nursing, paramedical, and administrative staff. Having consistently maintained high quality standards for decades, today NIO has become the hospital of choice for patients with eye problems in & around Pune

NIO believes in delivering wholistic eye care. Hence, cataract not being the only potentially blinding problem, other eye diseases, like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy screening is also carried out. Patient education and awareness about both glaucoma and other eye diseases is the first step towards treating these causes of irreversible blindness. NIO conducts patient education lectures on these topics.

Pertaining to paediatric eye care, free screening camps are conducted periodically focusing on children eye care. Problems like red eyes, frequent rubbing of eyes and glasses and squint are diagnosed and corrected.

NIO conducts school screening camps in various reputed schools in Pune, along with Kirloskar Pneumatic. NIO has been screening rural children and distributing glasses to these kids (Children themselves are given option of choosing frames of their choice !). Eye surgeries are also done for children who need them, free of cost to the parents. NIO and Kirloskar together bears the expenses of the entire screening and treatment process. Till date 25000 children have benefited from this venture and this association aims at helping several more years to come.

Along with Indian Medical Association (IMA-Pune Branch) NIO started a unique concept of "Eye Check Up On Wheels". A van fully equipped with state of the art 'Tele-Ophthalmology' facility was made available with the help of Novartis Company. As many as 800 patients were screened for Diabetic Retinopathy. Each patients retina was photographed and the images were immediately seen by retinal specialist via internet and the patients received their consultation immediately. The erstwhile Mr. Pratap Pawar inaugurated this endeavour.

NIO has also forged a bond with Sakal Social Foundation and has donated Rs. 5 Lacs for screening camps all over Pune district and free of cost cataract surgeries. "Tanishka" a Sakal venture is also closely associated with NIO. Glaucoma screening, Diabetic Retinopathy screening, Myopia guidance and paediatric eye disease camps were conducted. Needless to say, huge number of patients availed this opportunity. Meticulous follow up of these patients is carried out till the end of treatment and even thereafter.

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