The Eye Foundation of America's (EFA) mission is to go where the need is greatest - often rural and remote areas of developing countries where there is no medical care or where the cost of the care is prohibitive.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are as many as 1.4 million blind children worldwide who are affected. Although the EFA serves people of all ages, we have a special place in our heart for children.
The campaign is focused on those in rural India who suffer with diabetes and are at risk for, or may already be suffering from, diabetic retinopathy — a condition that often leads to blindness if left untreated.
The Goutami Eye Institute, a registered not-for-profit clinic established in Rajahmundry – Andhra Pradesh, India, is one of several related programs by the EFA. The surgical services were initiated on 13th October 2005, the world sight day.