L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI)
Country of Operation
- Hyderabad Eye InstituteNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryLVPEI is a not-for-profit, comprehensive eye care network. It operates 116 facilities in India, 95 of them which are primary eye care centres located in remote rural villages.
L.V. Prasad's objective is to provide high quality eye care to rural as well as urban populations, by using the latest technologies and involving the community itself as working partners. Involving the community is expected to guarantee long-term sustainability of the project.
Key program components
Blindness has a crushing economic impact, depriving people of livelihoods and education, and generating social and economic dependency. Public health research, conducted by LVPEI, revealed that 80 percent of this visual impairment is avoidable and it can be prevented, treated or managed with very cost-effective interventions.
A major segment (70%) of Indians living in rural areas does not have access to quality eye care. It was this realization that motivated LVPEI to initiate what has come to be known as the pyramidal model of quality eye care delivery, reaching out to the villages.
L.V. Prasad has engaged clinicians, researchers, charity trusts and individual donors, but most importantly community participation and partnership, which makes the model sustainable.
Vision Guardians are volunteers who deliver community eye care in rural communities. Each Vision Guardian monitors the eye health of 5000 people (especially children and the elderly), refers those needing an eye check-up to the nearest Vision Centre, monitors post-surgery patients and provides near-vision glasses.
Vision Centres (VC) , at the next level, are primary care centres that provide full eye screening, prescription, and supply of low cost spectacles, referrals to Secondary Centres (SC) for surgeries and other conditions and connections to other community services. Each VC caters to 50,000 people in 20-25 villages and is managed by Vision Technicians, who screen the village population. The space they use is either rented, or frequently donated by a public-spirited individual from the village.
Service Centres (SC), at the next tier, provide comprehensive world-class outpatient and surgical services, community based rehabilitation and low vision care. Each SC serves a population of 500,000 and is networked with 10 Vision Centres within a radius of 50 km. One or two ophthalmologists, trained at LVPEI, run each SC, with a technical staff of 10-12 and support staff of 10-12. These staff members are recruited from the community, trained at LVPEI and placed back at the SC. In a year, a Service Centre sees 10,000-15,000 patients, performs 1500-3000 surgeries (referring 5-10% for tertiary care), performs 50 community screening programs and acts as a referral and administration source for its 10 Vision Centres.
Tertiary Care Centres (TCC), at the next level, each serve 5 million people, offering complete eye services including subspecialty care and low vision and rehabilitation. They also conduct training and research.
The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the apex of the pyramid is an advanced Tertiary Care Centre at Hyderabad that engages in "Training of Trainers" and specialists, conducts research, and advocacy.
Scale: 15 million people served (since launch) 116 facilities (93 of which are primary eye care centers).