Unite For Sight, Uma Eye Clinic, and Vision Foundation work year-round in Chennai, India to provide eye care in rural villages in the region. Unite For Sight volunteers assist Uma Eye Clinic with screening for operable cataracts in rural villages and brings those with cataracts to the eye clinic for surgery. Uma Eye Clinic's eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers jointly participate on community-based screening programs. The clinic's eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Unite For Sight funds the surgeries for those patients unable to afford eye care so that no patient reminds blind due to lack of funds. The poor patients funded by Unite For Sight receive the same quality of eye care as the private, paying patients. The surgeries are provided by the skilled ophthalmologists of Uma Eye Clinic.
Since Unite For Sight's presence began in Chennai, Uma Eye Clinic has increased four-fold the number of poor patients receiving free eye care by Uma Eye Clinic. During FY2007, Unite For Sight coordinated and sponsored 1,501 free phacoemulsification cataract surgeries for the Chennai patients.
"I would like to sincerely congratulate Unite For Sight for her work on eradication of Blindness in the developing countries. The remarkable performance of Unite For Sight deserves appreciation. By partnering with Vision Foundation and Uma Eye Clinic, Unite For Sight touches the lives of poor people by providing them access to comprehensive eye care facilities, providing free spectacles, and funding for medicines and top of the line Cataract Surgery called as Phacoemulsification to the poor people. Every dollar of donation given to Unite For Sight is reaching the deepest corners of the world and impacting changes in lives of people by giving them the gift of vision."--Dr. T. Senthil, Uma Eye Clinic, Chennai, India
"After returning home, I reflected upon all I had seen. An experience like this really makes you appreciate the little things in life that most of us take for granted. To those of us that have been blessed with sight, let us not close our eyes to the people of this world that are living in darkness. They are in dire need of our support. With organizations like Unite For Sight, together, we can all make a difference in the world. I am so thankful to have gone on this adventure because the closed eyes of my heart have now been opened. As they say in Chennai, "NANDRI" (Tamil word for 'thank-you') to Unite For Sight for changing my life, and improving the lives of thousands around the globe."--Hibah Ayaz, Unite For Sight Volunteer in Chennai, India