The hospital conducts rural outreach eye screening camps through its Kannoli-Vision Saver Project launched by Rotary Club of Madras Fort in 1994. This program involves daily camps at villages where people are screened for eye disorders and those needing surgery are brought to the Hospital by our buses, accommodated, pre-surgical testing carried out, surgery conducted post operative care taken and patients are taken back to their villages after issuing spectacles and medicines as required. A post operative review after 2 weeks marks the culmination of the process. The entire sequence of activities from screening to post operative review is carried out free of cost .
Rotary Club of Madras Fort, RI Dist 3230 started the Project – “Kannoli - Vision Saver” in 1994 with the following aims and objects.
* Reach out to those who are in need. * Help volunteers to help those in need of eyesight. * Provide succor to those without near and dear to take care. * Assist those who are unable to access a hospital on their own. * Offer more than sight – Total care with understanding, love and compassion. * A rural outreach programme on eye care with a thrust on villages in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Chittoor (AP) districts.
This multi disciplinary hospital has been converted into an exclusive ophthalmic centre from April 1997. As of 2003 there were 91 beds catering to 12,000 surgeries. The bed strength has been raised now to 140 beds with an ultimate annual target of 20,000 surgeries.
The Rotary Foundation through Rotary Club of Madras Fort, RID-3230 provides support for new equipment and surgical expenditure under their matching grant projects.