The concept of eye camps represented a revolutionary approach which was promoted by pioneers in the late sixties to provide curative services to the patients suffering from eye diseases at their doorstep.
The reason for success of the camp was the obvious commitment of the organizers with the idea of doing ‘seva’ which lent credibility to the organizers. The facilities available contributed highly towards patients statistics leading to success of eye camps.
The first surgical eye camp of Venu was held in Sardhana in 1980. Venu had been very active in organising eye camps in the remote rural areas of Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh.
In 2006 Ministry of Health & Family Welfare put a ban on holding surgical eye camps. Since then Venu has been regularly holding screening camps in the NCR and neighbouring states of Delhi including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttrakhand and Punjab.
Diagnostic and screening camps are periodic eye camps organized in collaboration with local NGOs or volunteers in areas where permanent eye care facilities are not available. Camps are cost effective way to provide high volume preoperative, operative and intraoperative services. Since the surgeries are done in a familiar and controlled setup in the base hospital, the quality of surgeries is better than the surgeries done in surgical camps.
- Screening for cataract, refractive errors, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy
- Counselling and health education
- Optical dispensing
- Referral services
- Transportation to patients requiring surgery to and back from the hospital
- Follow up services at 1 week and 1 month
In 2019 a total of 100+ screening camps were organized in Haryana, Delhi, U.P. and Rajasthan.