Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2019

Narayana Nethralaya announces rehabilitation centre for children with untreatable eye diseases

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 Narayana Nethralaya has already committed annually Rs 5 crore for the healthcare of the underprivileged

Bengaluru: Narayana Nethralaya, pioneers of eye care in Karnataka, has embarked on a mission to set up a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre for children, who are suffering from various ‘untreatable’ eye diseases, such as, retinal dystrophies and developmental anomalies.

The centre is the first-of-its-kind from in Karnataka and efforts are on to involve like-minded stakeholders in realising the project.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty, Chairman & Managing Director, Narayana Nethralaya, said, “We perform hundreds of surgeries at our hospital every day to give sight to children and adults suffering from treatable eye diseases. However, there are thousands of children suffering from the so-called ‘untreatable’ eye diseases and they need special care. We have been successful in not only improving the visual function in a majority of such cases but also improve their quality of life through our integrated rehabilitation approach. We are hopeful to expand this facility to a stand-alone rehabilitation center which will exclusively cater to the needs of such children.”

 

There are about 300,000 children suffering from eye diseases that need this integrated rehabilitation in India. Most of them are visually impaired because of cortical vision impairment, retinal dystrophies and various developmental anomalies. These children need visual rehabilitation, which is the process of improving functional ability despite visual loss.

“Under our Buds to Blossoms initiative we have been providing vision rehabilitation, physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy, mobility and cognitive therapy along with psychological and neurology support all under one roof. Owing to the increased demand, we hope to expand this service to an exclusive rehabilitation center” added Dr. Anand S Vinekar, Program Director & Pediatric Retinal Surgeon, Narayana Nethralaya.

 

Narayana Nethralaya is in the process of raising funds to develop a rehabilitation centre for such children. It has launched an initiative ‘Soul Senses’ to raise funds through musical charity events. The inaugural edition of this event will be scheduled on December 27th At Sheraton and the ‘artists’ are all ophthalmologists from the institute. NN has already committed annually Rs 5 crore for the healthcare of the underprivileged.

The aim is complete the rehabilitation centre by 2021; the total project cost is estimated recurrent cost of Rs 1 crore annually. The rehabilitation centre will be spread across 5000 sqft and will be set up close to the parent institution.

(L-R) Dr. Anand S Vinekar, Program Director & Pediatric Retinal Surgeon, Narayana Nethralaya; Gp Capt S K Mittal VSM, CEO, Narayana Nethralaya; Dr. K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman & Managing Director, Narayana Nethralaya; Dr Bhanumathi, Head, Vision Rehabilitation, Narayana Nethralaya and Ms Puja Sarbajna, Consultant Optometrist Vision and behavioural therapist launch ‘Soul and Senses’ a medical charity programme for child eyecare and a project to build an integrated pediatric vision treatment & rehabilitation center, at Narayana Nethralaya on Friday.

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