From eye testing in slums to vision centres

  • From eye testing in slums to vision centres

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, through the 'Seeing is Believing' project and local health care workers we ensure that the people who need eye care treatment the most, have complete access to affordable eye care treatment.

Going into the slums and testing

Healthcare workers go into the 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 vision centre, which provides eye care services to people from special working groups belonging to low income communities such as taxi drivers, sex workers, traffic police, construction workers, dabbawalas, etc. so they don’t have to miss work or a wage.

Next stop - the vision centre

If someone has an eye issue, they’re referred to their local vision centre - we have 15 vision centres in Mumbai and a total of 77 across ten states in India.

A vision centre is a primary health care facility that provides for eye health such as eye conditions, refraction, spectacles dispensing, counseling and referral to eye hospitals. The vision centre is managed by trained ophthalmic technicians and provides services mostly to the rural and slum population.