footsteps of our Founder Dame Dr. Edith Mary Brown, in the late fifties
Dr. Victor C. Rambo, Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology, established
the Mobile Eye Service of CMCH, Ludhiana reaching the needy in rural
areas of Punjab and in its adjoining states of Jammu and Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and sometimes the inhabitants
of Rajasthan Desert. Its aims are SERVICE, REHABILITATION & RESEARCH
from the very beginning, i.e. Location and classification of persons
with visual problems in the rural areas, collection of statistical data
on causes and extent of visual impairment, screening of village school
students for visual problems, treatment of eye diseases and surgery for
the curable blind, public education for prevention of blindness etc.
Nearly all Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures are being performed in the
mobile eye hospital. The Mobile Eye Service maintains its standard not
only in its service but also in equipment and instrument. A portable
electricity generator takes care of power failure. We lay emphasis on
the FOLLOW UP programs for the operated patients that are carried out
six to eight weeks following surgery.
Every year approx, 25 eye camps are held and 2000 are treated for
cataract of whom 40-50% receive intra-ocular lens implants. The Mobile
Eye Service of CMCH is meeting the challenge of restoring vision and
preventing blindness through its outreach programme in the rural areas,
where 80% of our population lives.