Sankara Nethralaya is the pioneer in mobile tele-ophthalmology practice in rural India. The project was inaugurated by the former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in 2003. At present our teleophthalmology services covers districts in Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra
Taking medical services to the doorstep of the underprivileged in rural India, a fully equipped van with all medical and telemedicine facilities visits the rural areas where patients are screened thoroughly by a team of optometrists for various eye disorders, including cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. A glass dispensing unit ensures that those in need of spectacles are provided one at the campsite at a very nominal cost. Based on their diagnosis, the patients are brought to Sankara Nethralaya for further treatment, which is provided free of cost.
Combining medical expertise and technology, mobile teleophthalmology units improve the quality, access, and affordability in health care for rural indigent patients. Through the VSAT technology provided by the Indian Space Research Organisation, slit lamp, fundus images and Electronic Medical Records of the patient are transferred from the mobile unit to the central hub for consultation with a specialist at Sankara Nethralaya.