Restore the vision of a very poor elderly person by sponsoring a cataract surgery, INR 1140


DORD runs an eye hospital in its own building based at Daudnagar Sub-Divisional Town at Aurangabad district of Bihar. DORD also organizes free camps for elderly people, wherein they screen them and select patients to be taken to DORD hospital for cataract surgeries. These camps are organized in the districts of Aurangabad and Arwal.

How It Works

• All matured cataract cases, which are selected during eye screening camps, are referred and brought to DORD Hospital.
• They are provided the following facilities:
a. Advanced Check up from Slit Lamps and Auto Refrectometer
b. Consultation with Ophthalmologist
c. Surgeries in Operation Theatre at Base Hospital
d. Accommodation
e. Transportation
f. Glasses/Spectacles
g. Medicine
h. Follow Up
• There are a few ophthalmologists who perform surgeries in the operation theatre in the base hospital on fixed days.
• After a week, the patients are called for follow-ups.
• Free camps are conducted under the banner of DORD Hospital / District Blindness Control Society.
• They provide the following services:
1. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) of Government of India offers free eye related surgeries to Smart Card Holders. This programme has just been started. It is for people in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category¬.
2. Online donation for cataract surgeries of Give India - This donation will help in conducting free cataract surgery for BPL category patients 3. Community based eye screening for Above Poverty Line (APL) & BPL sections of SMIAVI. Field screenings are organized and selected patients are referred to DORD Hospital for surgery. For BPL section patients, the surgery is conducted free of cost, while a nominal charge is taken from APL sections. A complete Grant-in-aid support was provided by SIMAVI project. Although the project has ended, beneficiaries and community contributions are still coming from camps on regular basis.
4. Eye check up camps of DORD Hospital - Matured cataract patients under APL section are identified and they are referred to DORD Hospital for surgery with paid options. Subsidized fee is collected during camps on a regular basis.
5. Eye check up camps of District Blindness Control Society, Aurangabad - Mature cataract patients under BPL section are identified and referred to DORD Hospital for cataract surgery free of cost. Grant-in-aid is received from District Health Society, Aurangabad. The Bihar government has withdrawn this project in all its districts.
6. Eye check up camps are organized for the elderly and provision is provided for screening facility in DORD Hospital with the help of donations through Give India. Matured cataracts are identified in elderly patients below poverty line for free.
7. DORD uses a business model for sustainability. Services that are paid for are OPD and variety of surgeries including Phaco.
• In case any further testing or treatment needs to be given, Government Primary Health Centres and the DORD Hospital will provide treatment, either for free or at subsidized rates.


• 25-30 – Number of camps that are organized each month
• Rs. 50 – Cost of OPD services
• 90 % - Percentage of cases that are given free surgeries and treatment by HelpAge India, District Blindness Control Society (DBCS), and DORD.
• Rs. 1,500-Rs. 16,500 – Range of charges for surgeries depending on the lenses chosen by the patients and the type of treatment method
• 4,000 – Number of surgeries conducted in DORD every year
• 10,000 – Number of OPD patients in a year

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Medical cost (medicines & tests) during & post surgery 355.00
Black spectacles (post surgery) 160.00
Doctor fees & follow up check 200.00
Follow up check up of operated eye of patient 75.00
Administrative/ publicity for camp /feedback 350.00
Unit Price 1140
Total 1140
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Vision Regained through Cataract Surgery
Rajmati is a 70 year old poor women – unable to earn and totally dependant on her sons who are not sensitive enough towards her needs ailments and disabilities. She had developed cataract blindness since last 4 years but could not get the surgical treatment due to poverty.
We organised a free of cost surgery camp at our eye hospital and we also organised screening camps in each Block. We gave a wide publicity to both. It was upon this that Rajmati’s sons brought her in her screening camp. Rajmati was selected for the surgery and was given a date to come to our eye hospital.
Now after the surgery, Rajmati has regained her vision fully and is so very pleased to see the face of her grandson clearly who was born 2 years ago. She is able to attend to her personal chores independently and is far less dependent on her family member. It is like a new world and a new life for her.

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