For people living in the slums, eye checks are just too expensive and typically they tend to ignore any issues with their health because they need to keep working.
So in Mumbai, Seeing is Believing funds a Sightsavers project and local health care workers to ensure that the people who need eye care treatment the most, have access.
Eye testing - Mumbai slums
Healthcare workers go to slums to check for eye care issues. A quick test with a sight chart can determine if a person needs to visit the local vision centre for reading glasses or further tests.
The project also provides a mobile unit, which goes to areas where many people from the slums are working, so they don’t have to miss a wage.
Next stop - The vision centre
If someone has an eye issue, they’re referred to their local vision centre - we have 15 in Mumbai and a total of 72 throughout ten states in India.
Interns from the local college of opticians also get hands on experience in the vision centres and bring the latest equipment to test anyone who walks through the door. They’re guided by a licensed optician, and the data is recorded to ensure patients get the follow up treatment they need.