News - Pediatric Cataract Initiative Continues to Save Children’s Sight

Ten-year-old Ruma Roy had been living with pediatric cataract for several years.

In school, Ruma struggled due to her poor eye sight. With her eye condition worsening, Ruma’s parents took her to the Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital in West Bengal, India, where her sight was improved through new equipment provided by a capacity building grant from the Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI). The PCI is a collaboration between Bausch + Lomb and LCIF which supports innovative methods for overcoming visual impairments caused by pediatric cataracts and other pediatric eye disease.

Through the PCI, the Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital received a grant of US$150,000 to help children like Ruma. The hospital is creating an early detection and treatment program for pediatric cataract and children’s eye health, training ophthalmologists and providing pediatric eye health education to local communities. In addition, 130,000 children will have their vision screened and 200 children will receive sight-restoring cataract surgery, long-term follow-up care and a brighter future.