Bringing Hope and Essential Eye Care to All at Affordable Costs, Shree Ramkrishna Netralaya

ByMartha R. Camara

Mar 22, 2022
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Bringing Hope and Essential Eye Care to All at Affordable Costs, Shree Ramkrishna Netralaya

Posted on March 22, 2022

Mumbai: Vision problems and blindness due to multiple eye complications are on the rise among the Indian population – mainly due to cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other problems. This is a serious concern for a country that already has the largest population of blind people in the world, at more than 8 million. The reason for such a large population suffering from vision problems is the lack of even basic health care facilities for people who live in the poorest parts of the country and cannot afford the cost of health due to poverty. If access to timely treatments had been possible, a large percentage could have been prevented from going blind.

Knowing this perfectly, Shree Ramkrishna Netralaya (SRN) has been treating people for various eye problems since 2003, not only in Mumbai, but also organizes regular eye camps in the inland regions of the country in association with NGOs. In the two decades since the inception of SRN in 2003, the institution’s constant effort has been to provide international eye care services at its four facilities located in Mumbai, Thane, Mulund, Vashi and Seawood. SRN has full NABH accreditation. SRN works closely with CGHS and the Veterans Health Plan.

The SRN mission has been the dream of Dr. Nitin Deshpande, a highly qualified ophthalmologist and president, who with his team of qualified doctors has performed over 50,000 surgeries over the past 20 years and has earned the trust of over a million patients. Cumulatively, the team has over 150 years of experience providing critical eye care. According to the President, “Today, the second generation of young doctors work closely with each other and provide world-class services and surgeries at affordable prices. The team of highly skilled specialists at Shree Ramkrishna Netralaya provides comprehensive eye care to every section of the population in our centers and in rural areas at very reasonable costs, compared to our peers.

SRN has a holistic approach to eye care. Because vision problems also have an economic cost. Prompt treatment of vision problems helps prevent blindness and improves access to education for children, in addition to promoting access to employment and prosperity, and allowing greater participation in life civil, social and political among the adult population. A report by the NGO Orbis, published on the occasion of World Sight Day, revealed that between 2019 and 2020, the loss of gross national income due to adult blindness would be Rs 9.06 lac crore and Rs. 3.31 crore for children – for 10 and 40 years of work lost respectively. This includes the loss of economically productive years for the visually impaired and their carers.

SRN is equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment to meet all patient needs under one roof. The hospital’s ophthalmologists are specialists in the fields of cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, lasik surgery, lasik vision correction and more. The hospital is dedicated to providing a high class eye care service to all. Dr. Deshpande concludes, “Having served thousands of patients with quality eye care, we are grateful that we have been able to bring hope and promise to every eye that sees us. We are committed to serving this cause for as many people as possible and to the best possible way.”