Around 80 per cent cases of blindness in India and 20 per cent of the world’s blind population can be treated, an expert has said.
Lack of adequate eye health services was the major cause of cases of blindness in the country. Cataract and refractive error are regarded as the major causes of this handicap, charity body Sightsavers (India) Director of Programme Operations Prasanna kumar said here.
The National Programme for Control of Blindness, launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has set a target of reducing the prevalence of blindness to 0.3 per cent by the year 2020.
It was imperative to impart training and provide support to the irreversibly blind and other disabled people to move from the peripheries of society into the mainstream, Prasanna kumar told a workshop recently.
Ratish Chandra Paul, secretary of Susrut Eye Foundation, said corporate could play an important role in creating an inclusive work environment and better livelihood opportunities for people with visual impairment and other disabilities.