India loses $37 billion (about Rs 203,500 crore) in annual productivity on account of poor eye vision among its people. A study among Indian workers found that vision correction led to an over 30% increase in their incomes and a 25% increase in productivity.
Objectives of the program
- To enhance community awareness on eye care and lay stress on preventive measures;
- Develop and strengthen Eye Health and prevention of visual impairment like distribution of Free Spectacles; through provision of comprehensive eye care services and quality service delivery.
- To reduce the blindness through identification and treatment of blind at primary, secondary and tertiary levels based on assessment of the overall burden of visual impairment in the country.