Operation ENVISION - FAQ

TANA FOUNDATION EYE CAMP INFORMATION

Thank you for the generous donation you have made towards restoring the eyesight of people living in and around your village. The following will explain to you the manner in which the eye camps are conducted as well as the services included as part of the eye camp. For your benefit we have used a question and answer format to answer some basic questions:

Q: Which eye hospital will be conducting the eye camp at my village?

A: TANA Foundation has been working with several hospitals in Andhra Pradesh to conduct the eye camps. The hospitals are:

1) R. R. Lions Eye Hospital – Palakol, W. Godavari Dt.
2) Sankar Foundation – Vishakapatnam
3) Lions Eye Hospital – Karimnagar
4) Sankara Eye Hospital – Pedakakani, Guntur
5) Bolineni Eye Hospital – Nellore
6) RR Lions Eye Hospital – Secunderabad
7) Lions Eye Hospital – Nandigaum, Krishna Dt.
8) Vyasa Asramam, Yerpedu, Chittoor Dt

The hospital used to conduct your camp depends upon the proximity of the hospital to your village as well as the scheduling conflicts at the hospital.

Q: Are cataract surgeries done at the campsite?

A: No. All surgeries are done in modern air-conditioned operation theatres at the hospitals. The work done at the campsite is primarily screening of the patients to determine the need for surgery and testing to ensure the patients have no health complications such as diabetes, Glaucoma, blood pressure, or infections.

Q: What services are included in the Eye camp conducted by TANA Foundation?

A: The $600/- donation you have made covers the following:

  • Screening of all patients who come to the camp
  • Surgeries for up to 60 patients who need cataract surgeries to restore their eyesight.
  • Testing of patients for eyesight and give eyeglass prescriptions.

Q: What happens if more than 60 patients need cataract surgery at my village?

A: The hospital team will not turn away anyone who needs a cataract surgery. TANA Foundation will go ahead and pay the hospital. After the camp is over TANA Foundation will send you a camp report and the cost overruns if any. Please reimburse the cost overruns to TANA Foundation. Each additional cataract

Surgery over and above the 60 surgeries will be requested of you to reimburse at the rate of $10 per surgery. For eg: If the camp was very successful and 100 cataract surgeries were performed we will be requesting $400 from you.

Q: What costs are incurred by the patients who undergo cataract surgery?

A: The cataract surgery is completely free to the patient. The patient is provided the following:

  • Free transportation to-and-from the hospital.
  • Meals for the days as well as a place to sleep.
  • Free medications that are needed during recovery from the surgery.
  • It should be noted that the accommodations are basic but hygienic.

Q: Will all those who attend the camp and need eyeglasses be given free eyeglasses?

A: No. The outpatients are given prescriptions for eyeglasses if possible

Q: What spade work needs to be done before the camp can be conducted?

  1. Work with the hospital in selecting a proper venue, such as the local high school, Primary Health Care Center or other convenient place that can handle a crowd of two-to-three hundred people.
  2. Arrange for a shamiana and chairs in the event the venue does not have a proper shaded area where the patients can wait in the shade.
  3. Arrange to distribute to the people living in the village and surrounding villages the posters
  4. and pamphlets provided by the hospital d) Arrange for an auto rickshaw to tour the neighboring villages and announce the date and time of the free camp. (Will typically cost $12/- per day)
  5. Arrange for lunch on the day of the camp for the team of 15 paramedical staff, camp coordinators, and doctors who will be conducting the camp.
  6. The total cost of organizing the camp will be a little over Rs. 5000/- to be borne by your local contact.
  7. If the place to conduct the camp is far from the hospital then overnight accommodations may be required for the hospital staff.

Q: What if I do not want to burden the Local Contact Person with the cost of organizing the camp?

A: Please let TANA Foundation know before and it will arrange for the hospital to hand over the

expenses to the Local Contact Person to defray the cost of the eye camp where possible. TANA Foundation would appreciate if you could reimburse the expenses. Not all the hospitals are equipped to do this.

Q: What if I wish to pay for free eyeglasses to all those who attend the camp and are in need of

them?

A: Please let us know prior to the camp and we will inform the hospital to provide free eyeglasses. After the camp is over you can donate the appropriate amount to TANA Foundation. Not all hospitals are able to provide this service.

Q: Can I use my funds in India to pay for eyeglasses, camp expenses etc.?

A: Definitely. You can make your own arrangements for paying for the eyeglasses and camp expenses.

Q: How much does the actual surgery cost?

A: Cost of surgery varies from hospital to hospital in India. Charitable Eye Hospitals that we work with get a compensation of Rs.750 from District Blindness Control Society. For the amount of service that needs to be provided to a patient this is not sufficient. So TANA Foundation donates your contribution to strengthen the good work done by the hospitals.

Q: If camp is sponsored in memory of some one, who prepares the banner and display at the camp?

A: We request the hospitals to do this. But some of the hospitals are not equipped to do this and so request your local contacts to put up these.