due to escalation of costs and to improve quality of services.
In addition to cataract, assistance would also be provided for other eye diseases liked Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma Management, Laser Techniques, Corneal Transplantation, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Treatment of Childhood blindness etc.
Assistance for construction of dedicated Eye wards and Eye Operation Theatres in North East States and few other states as per need.
Assistance for appointment of ophthalmic manpower – ophthalmic surgeons, ophthalmic Assistants and Eye Donation Counsellors on contractual basis.
Assistance for involvement of Private Practitioners in sub-district, block and village levels.
Assistance for maintenance of ophthalmic equipments supplied under the programme.
Development of Mobile ophthalmic units with Tele-ophthalmology Network and some fixed tele-models to cover difficult hilly terrains and difficult areas.
Critical posts of 228 Eye Surgeons and 510 ophthalmic Assistants sanctioned during the 9th plan and continued during 10th plan, would be integrated within the State Plan in a phased manner during the current plan period.
Strengthening of Management Information system.
Intensification of IEC activities.
Strengthening/setting up of Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology
Non-recurring assistance upto Rs. 60 lakh for new RIOs and Rs. 40 lakh for existing RIOs for providing ophthalmic equipments for developments of pediatric eye units/
Operating Microscope with Assistant scope & Cornea attachments.
Vitrectomy Unit complete with endolaser photocoagulator
Automated Perimeter with field analyser
Double Frequency Yag Laser/Argon Green Laser