Aravind Eye Hospital was founded in 1976 by Dr G Venkataswamy. It began as an eleven bed hospital manned by four medical officers, before later growing into one of the largest facilities in the world for eye care. Over the years, this organisation has evolved into a sophisticated system dedicated to compassionate service for sight.
The network has a total of 41 primary eye care centres and covers a population of approximately three million. In 2012–13, Aravind Eye Hospitals together handled 3.1 million outpatient visits and performed over 371,000 surgeries and laser procedures. It enjoyed a nine per cent growth in outpatient visits. To reach out to the rural regions of Tamil Nadu, the hospital has established community eye clinics which take care of the ophthalmic needs of the semi-urban population.
In the year ending March 2013, 2,841 camps were conducted through which 554,413 patients were screened and 90,547 surgeries performed. The Aravind Eye Care System now serves as a model, for India as well as the rest of the world.
Aravind Eye Care: In Service for Sight
|2012||Receives Hermes Award instituted by The European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation|
|2010||Receives Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the most prestigious global award for humanitarian endeavours|
|2004||Becomes first primary eye examination centre in Ambasamudram|
|1996||Establishes teaching and training institute, Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO)|
|1992||Establishes Aurolab, a non-profit charitable trust to provide modern technology at affordable costs|