Punjab government will organise five-day free eye camps in all district and sub-divisional hospitals, beginning March 9, according to health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani.
These camps will be organised under the national programme for control of blindness. The minister has asked the government and private eye surgeons to ensure that guidelines regarding eye camps are followed strictly to avoid any mishap. He said the camps would be organised under supervision of the expert ophthalmologists and other trained medical and paramedical staff.
Meanwhile, principal secretary (health) Vini Mahajan said 60% of blindness is due to cataract and that a major thrust in 2014-15 would be to bring down the level of blindness from 1% to 0.3% by 2020.
"Our aim is to perform 95% of cataract surgeries with IOL (intraocular lenses) implantation," Vini said, adding that emphasis would also be on the latest technique of stitch-less cataract surgery.