Blurred vision: 75 percent are unable to get nearsighted glasses, 50 crore glasses are needed in the country; Government Gives 10 Lakhs – 75 Percent Unable To Get Nearsighted Glasses 50 Crore Glasses Needed In Country Government Gives 10 Lakhs

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The near vision is reduced due to the weakness of the eye muscles. Glasses are helpful in removing this problem, but 75 percent do not get it. Due to the high price in most places, people hesitate to buy it. At present there is a need of about 50 crore spectacles in the country, but the availability is very less. To overcome this deficiency, the third Leadership Exchange Program was held at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Tuesday.

NGOs working on eye problems along with AIIMS, World Health Organisation, organizations working under CSR and others participated in the programme. In this regard, Dr. Praveen Vashisht, Head of Community Ophthalmology at Dr. RP Center of AIIMS, told that 50 crore people in the country need spectacles, but it is not available in the country. To overcome this deficiency, all have come on one platform.

He said that if the government works in this direction then people can get spectacles. For this, the government should try to manufacture spectacles on a large scale in the country. It should be cheap and accessible. Their supply chain should be easy so that it reaches every corner of the country. He said that nearsighted glasses do not require much investigation. If the victim can see clearly after wearing glasses, he can wear glasses of that number. If the government does this work with the help of Asha workers, then a large number can get it.

25 percent got glasses
Dr. Vashisht told that AIIMS had conducted a survey for the prevention of eye disabilities in the country. In this, 90 thousand people above 50 years of age were examined. It was found that 75 percent of the people needed spectacles, but did not get them or did not take them. He said that it was found that most of the people in rural areas did not take spectacles due to their high cost. Dr. Vashishtha said that WHO has set a target to eliminate this problem by 2030 in the world.

need for artificial intelligence
Dr. Vashisht said that the number of eye examiners in the country is very less. Their number should be 80 thousand in the country, whereas only 20 thousand are available. To overcome this deficiency, there is a need for artificial intelligence in this area so that investigations can be done easily.

This is the figure of the country
Two crore spectacles are needed for a 5-15 year old child who has poor near vision.
Government provides 10 lakh spectacles under school screening programme.
275 million people over the age of 40 need near glasses.
220 million people over the age of 40 need distant glasses.

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The near vision is reduced due to the weakness of the eye muscles. Glasses are helpful in removing this problem, but 75 percent do not get it. Due to the high price in most places, people hesitate to buy it. At present there is a need of about 50 crore spectacles in the country, but the availability is very less. To overcome this deficiency, the third Leadership Exchange Program was held at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Tuesday.