Someone You Should Know
Doc sees future for blind in India
March 31, 2009 (WHEATON, Ill.) (WLS) -- According to recent statistics, the blind population of India numbers 15 million people. Many are children whose futures are bleak.
Twenty years ago Dr. Manu Vora, an adjunct professor at IIT's Stuart School of Business in Wheaton, organized the Blind Foundation for India (BFI) to confront the problem.
"The youngsters when they do not have enough vitamin A they start going blind by the age of four," said Vora. "When people get a cataract due to age-related issues most of them are sitting in the villages and cataracts are not removed so they remain needlessly blind."
Since the foundation was created, nearly $4 million has been raised to provide help for those who might otherwise lose their sight.
"We are able to help close to about a million people for eyesight checkup ...close to about 90 thousand free cataract operations," said Dr. Vora. "Every $20, we can have a cataract removed in India compared with $4,000 here."
Thus far 90,000 adults have had their sight restored through cataract removal paid for by BFI, an organization hoping to reach many more afflicted by blindness.
"It robs the society of the productive years of the people...particularly the youngsters because they do not have any hope and if you can do something to help them...that's a tremendous contribution," said Dr. Vora.
To learn more about BFI, visit blindfoundation.org
someone you should know, harry porterfield
- Grand Blue Line stop reopened after water main break 13 min ago
- Suburban police to begin carrying Narcan 19 min ago
- Stolen passports probed in Malaysian plane mystery 19 min ago
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast 22 min ago
- Gary shooting: 1 dead, at least 2 others injured 38 min ago
- H.S. wrestling coach accused of sex with student 49 min ago
- GOP candidates for IL treasurer square off in forum
- Mt. Prospect woman accuses neighbor of hate crime
- Chicago pothole 'strike teams,' formed by CDOT crews
- Sarah Kustok defends father at murder trial
- Spring-like day followed by snow
- Larkin High School poms squad honored
- Chicago glows green ahead of St. Patrick's Day
- abcnews: Happy Couples Share 6 Common Habits
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
22 min ago
- Grand Blue Line stop reopened after water...
13 min ago
- Suburban police to begin carrying Narcan
19 min ago
- Stolen passports probed in Malaysian plane...
19 min ago