Retina India is a not-for-profit organization, registered with the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai, India (Registration # E-26470), established for empowering people with retinal disorders, and bringing them and their families on a common platform with physicians, researchers, counselors, low vision and mobility experts and other specialists.
Why do we need another not-for-profit organization?
India is home to approximately 24 million blind people, the largest in the world. Additionally, there are another 52 million visually impaired in the country. It is thought that if this trend is allowed to continue, the number of blind people would increase to 31.6 million by 2020.
The blindness-prevention programs that are sponsored by governmental agencies and by non governmental organizations (NGOs) usually focus on “avoidable” or “preventable” blindness that commonly includes cataract and corneal problems. Even though patients with preventable blindness in India are significant, the prevalence of retinal ailments, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other allied disorders, retinal detachment, etc. is gradually increasing. Some of these diseases do not even have a cure at this time, and usually leave the affected people with permanent visual impairment for a lifetime. There has been no singular effort in India to unite the efforts in the fields of medical research, education, rehabilitation and welfare of people with retinal disorders.
It is this void that Retina India aims to fill.