Chandrauta Eye Camp organized in collaboration with Kapilvastu Lions Club and Narayani Eye Hospital, Bhadurgunj on April 11-12, 2018 exceeded our expectations. On the first day of our mission, a staggering crowd of 817 people showed up for the general checkup, and despite working overtime, our clinical team was able to attend only 527 people. We caught 127 cataract cases, among which 4 were ineligible for surgery because they suffered from pterygium. Due to interference by complications- high blood pressure and high blood sugar- cataract surgeries for 43 cases were postponed to a later date for which we prepaid our partnering health facility. Another small fraction of eligible cases (8 people) either did not show up or refuted the surgery.
We performed a total of 115 cataract surgeries and screened 527 people for ophthalmological conditions, which included free medications and a follow-up visit for surgical cases. The price negotiation with Narayani Eye Hospital allowed us to cap the cost per surgery to $16, a much lower price than the current market.