Eye Screening Camps
Vision Spring, in association with Amalgamated Plantations and APPL Foundation, conducted a vision screening program for the estate workers of three plantations in Dibrugarh, Assam. VisionSpring screened more than 4,000 tea estate workers and allied tea plantation populations with the objective of making the tea estate a refractive error free zone. The vision camps revealed a refractive error rate of more than 80%, i.e. more than 80% of the population screened had a vision problem which could be corrected with a pair of eyeglasses. The average age of all workers screened was more than 40 years. A total of 3500 eyeglasses were distributed at the camp.
Based on responses gathered from the community, 90% of the screened population received their first pair of eyeglasses as a result of the vision camps. Eyeglasses created instant impact on the lives of the tea estate workers resulting in enhanced working capacity, productivity, quality of work and life, improved working hours without experiencing any of the discomfort caused by blurry vision. The vision camps helped address an unmet need of limited or no access to affordable primary eye care services. With this initiative we were able to ensure access to affordable eye care and low-cost high quality eye wear in Dibrugarh region of Assam.