The festival season is about to arrive and many households will welcome the little ‘Bappa’ to their home. A city-based doctor is trying his bit of creating awareness and is conducting a free eye-screening for the devotees standing in the long queues outside the Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Dadar, starting from Friday August 25 to September 3.
Dr Nishant Kumar, an ophthalmologist from PD Hinduja Hospital, who is leading the cause of ‘Eyebetes Foundation’, shall conduct free eye-screening and sugar-testing camp – Eyebetes, for the devotees. The reports of the eye-screening and diabetic testing will be sent on their mobile phones.
“It is estimated that in the next few decades, there will have over 100 million diabetics in India. And it is also anticipated that every fifth person will be diagnosed with diabetes. One must know that diabetes is a leading cause of eye-related problems such as cataract or glaucoma. Diabetes is becoming very common among the productive age-groups in our country which puts them at the risk of complete vision loss. Hence, this year, I decided to conduct an eye-scanning camp outside the Siddhi-Vinayak Temple where a lot of devotees shall be visiting,” said Dr Kumar.
Last year, during the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, a camp was set at the Lalbaug Raja Ganpati Mandal, where around 15,000 people, who were standing in the line for darshan had got their eye scanned for free.
Many celebrities also praised the cause. Even the cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has also lent his immeasurable support to this initiative by urging people to come forward and get their free check-up done.
Sachin Tendulkar commented, “Not many people are aware about blindness caused due to diabetes. Eyebetes is a new term. With the help of this free sugar check-up, eye-scan drive, Dr Nishant Kumar and team are doing a really good job. I am sure that many of you will visit Siddhi Vinayak Temple during Ganpati this year. I urge everyone to take the time out to get your sugar and eyes checked when you go for Bappa’s Darshan. Do not take your health for granted, your eyes are very precious.”
Eyebetes Foundation has also joined hands with ImpactGuru.com for crowd funding for this cause. “With India reaching the highest number of diabetic patients in the world, the disease is posing an enormous health problem to our country. The camp is set up to help the masses get their eyes scanned, free of cost, and aid in preventing blindness caused by diabetes. We really hope that our platform turns out to be helpful to this noble cause and raise the required amount,” said Piyush Jain, CEO and co-founder of Impact Guru.
Some of the key observations through Eyebetes Camp last year:
- More than 30% of the people tested did not possess the vision which would be considered legal for driving
- This reduced vision could be because of lack of glasses. This is the commonest cause for low vision. With glasses, it’s possible that a large number of people would have better a vision.
- Less than 33% consult an allopathic doctor. All the others consult homeopathic doctors or ayurvedic doctors or try out natural remedies.