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Kaza Eye Centre

Supported by the International Eye Foundation
Eye Clinic

The Spiti Projects need £101,000 to go towards an Eye Clinic for the 12,000 Spiti people of the valley.

It is estimated that there are thousands of blind people in the region of the Spiti Valley, with about 2,500 people requiring cataract operations and refractive treatment.

This number would double in time without preventative eye care. Currently there is no eye care service within 300km radius of Kaza, the centre of the Spiti Valley. Many find it too expensive to travel and so forgo treatment. There is a Government hospital in Kaza, but it has no eye care service.

The Goals and Objectives of the Centre

  • To create access for the 20,000 inhabitants of Spiti and the surrounding areas to be able to receive eye treatment. Up to now the entire population of Lahoul & Spiti areas has had to travel 300 kms to either Shimla or Manali to find any kind of eye testing or treatment.
  • To offer operations to patients diagnosed with cataracts, or any other Ophthalmic problems. These would be undertaken at the The United Nations Award winning Community Centre by surgeons visiting Kaza from the Rotary Eye Hospital in Palampur at least twice a year.
  • To create a self-sustaining, income generation model of eye care services – this will include free care for the needy.
  • To install an internet and web connection with an ophthalmologist at the Rotary Eye Hospital in Palampur to confirm diagnosis.
  • To enable the people to purchase a variety of lenses and frames of their choice at affordable prices in Kaza.

Your Generous Help is Needed

All patients who are visually impaired due to refractive error will be treated at the Eye Care Centre and prescribed lasses at the Centre. Charges for treatment will be according to their means.

The Kaza Eye Centre is supported by The International Eye Foundation which has its Headquarters in Washington DC USA. In India we are supported by the Rotary Eye Hospital in Palampur.

Within the Eye centre we have the “Maynes Eye Clinic” for refraction treatment. We are training 2 eye technicians from the Spiti Valley at the Eye Teaching Centre in Hyderabad. 1 girl is due to graduate this summer and a 2nd girl will start in August. These young people are looking forward to working at the Eye Centre when it is fully up and running.

We hope to have the first visit of Eye surgeons to the valley this summer to do Eye camps.

A team of doctors and surgeons are planning a visit to Spiti in June. As we don’t as yet have the equipment, they will be doing Eye Camps in the The United Nations Award winning Community Centre in Kaza.

Your generous financial help would make this much needed project possible. The total initial budget is £101,000. Thank you in advance.

Equipment Needed & What You Can Contribute To

All equipment items quoted are of the highest quality. It would be a false economy to procure cheaper, locally produced equipment that would not stand up to the harsh climate and would have to be replaced regularly. It is important for the doctors to work with the best equipment available.

The Streak retinoscope, Direct ophthalmoscope, lensometer, autorefkeratometer, Non Contact Tonometer and Indirect ophthalmoscope are all imported and the best available in the industry.

The following items can be contributed to:

Spiti Valley Project Budget
Cost £rate of exchange 1.3 $
Slit Lamp£5,000.00$6,500.00
Streak and Ophthalmoscope£500.00$650.00
LED Vision Chart£440.00$572.00
Trial Set with Frame£65.00$84.50
Non Contact Tonometer£4,375.00$5,687.50
Shiotz Tonometer£625.00$812.00
SS Container – 6£125.00$162.50
SS Tray with cover – 6£125.00$162.50
Near Vision Chart£19.00$24.70
Ishiara color Vision Book£19.00$24.70
78D Lens£150.00$195.00
Generator (35 KVA)£3,125.00$4,062.50
UPS (3 KVA) -2£1,000.00$1,300.00


Spiti Valley Project Budget
Cost £
rate of exchange 1.3 $
70 cataract surgeries per year and follow up for 2 years£1,250.00$1,625.00