A walk to help restore vision

Doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and ophthalmologists of the city walked from RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS to the Trauma Centre of the institute to create awareness about eye donation.

“We wanted to propagate not only to the common people but to the police too. It is the police who come across accident cases. If they can help by convincing the family of a deceased person within time to donate eyes, then many visually impaired people can be hopeful of getting their vision back,” said Dr Radhika Tandon, professor, RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS.

Nearly 1,000 people participated in the walk. It included AIIMS director Ramesh C Deka, medical superintendent Dr D K Sharma and senior faculty of RP Centre Dr Anita Panda.
A number of children from schools in south Delhi also joined in with enthusiasm, asking people to donate eyes.

“Our other focus was the elderly. They can benefit from donated eyes as well as ensure that their eyes are donated after their death,” said Dr Tandon. The walk was part of a two-week long programme that started from August 25, in which ophthalmologists from the city are creating awareness about eye problems and eye donation.

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