Chronic Impediment in Utilization of Eye-Care Services

Author(s): Ragni Kumari, Kavindra Pratap Singh, Gaurav Dubey, Aanchal Anant Awasthi, Mrinal Ranjan Srivastava, Pragati Garg, Avinash V Prabhu, Mahesh Chandra, Vibha Kumari, Rajiv Janardhanan


The visual impairment affects living in every aspect of life. Organizations (W.H.O. IAPB, NGOs) have initiated a campaign to eradicate preventable blindness under the program Vision 2020: “The Right to Sight”. There are three main considerations: qualities, reliability, and efficiency of eyecare facilities. Poor practitioner-to-patient ratio, shortage of eye-care staff, insufficient infrastructure, weak state support and lack of medical specialist, or training program are the hallmarks of obstacles to the usage of eyecare services in India. Significant obstacles to such programs for visually impaired people in rural areas are poor road infrastructure, transit facilities, and distance from remote communities influencing surgery and eyecare systems. Factors such as age, education, preferences, and psycho-social challenges influence the usage of healthy, affordable, and efficient eyecare facilities. To prevent avoidable blindness, the advancement of eye treatment and understanding of appropriate eye care resources must be intense and the consequences of inadequate eyecare must be acknowledged. Rural communities' beliefs and cultural traits need to be analysed to provide appropriate education thus reducing blindness. eyecare providers need to start educating people at an early stage about the role and use of health care resources.

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