Best practice eye care models

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep-Oct;60(5):351-7. doi: 10.4103/0301-4738.100526.


Since the launching of Global Initiative, VISION 2020 "the Right to Sight" many innovative, practical and unique comprehensive eye care services provision models have evolved targeting the underserved populations in different parts of the World. At places the rapid assessment of the burden of eye diseases in confined areas or utilizing the key informants for identification of eye diseases in the communities are promoted for better planning and evidence based advocacy for getting / allocation of resources for eye care. Similarly for detection and management of diabetes related blindness, retinopathy of prematurity and avoidable blindness at primary level, the major obstacles are confronted in reaching to them in a cost effective manner and then management of the identified patients accordingly. In this regard, the concept of tele-ophthalmology model sounds to be the best solution. Whereas other models on comprehensive eye care services provision have been emphasizing on surgical output through innovative scales of economy that generate income for the program and ensure its sustainability, while guaranteeing treatment of the poorest of the poor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blindness / prevention & control*
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Health Care Surveys*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / standards*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Ophthalmology / methods*
  • Patient Education as Topic*