Eyesight is one of the most important senses. Over 80% of what we perceive comes through our sense of sight. Eye sight plays an important role in shaping one’s skill set; be it driving, sport, research or photography etc. Most of eyesight loss cases are irreversible. Eye sight once lost has least chances of its regaining. In a very few cases such regain happens at a very high cost.
Thus, we believe that AWARENESS IS THE ONLY CARE FOR PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS.
Government of India observes every year first week of April as Blindness Prevention Week. In commemoration of this campaign, HELP Foundation, J&K today on 4th of April, 2019 organized Blindness Prevention awareness program at Pratap Park Srinagar. The event was organized in collaboration with Childline Srinagar, Childline Budgam and Handicapped Association. During this awareness programme, visually impaired students of Shehjar Rehabilitation Centre shared their views with sighted people about how difficult it is to live with low or without vision. A large gathering of over a thousand people were advised by renowned ophthalmologist on eye care and blindness prevention. In a media briefing, Shafi Pandit (IAS Retd.), Patron HELP Foundation detailed out the essence of such events and awareness programs that needs to be organized in order to aware people about preventive measures for blindness. Shafi Pandit also told media gathering that HELP Foundation is part of EyeWay, a national telephonic outreach service for persons with visual impairment, this service offers VIs resource linkage and counselling services.
In an interview with media at the event, Nighat Shafi, Chairperson HELP Foundation also discussed about various services and programs offered by HELP Foundation in Kasmhmir.