ICICI Centre for elderly eye care inaugurated at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Bhubaneswar

The ICICI Centre for Elderly Eye Care was inaugurated at L V Prasad Eye Institute’s MithuTulsi Chanrai campus in Bhubaneswar on 6 April 2022. Supported by ICICI Bank – CSR Initiative, the centre was inaugurated by Saurabh Singh, Head – TASC, GBG and ICICI Foundation and Jaisingh Dhumal, Head-Technology Finance group, ICICI Bank and Dr Srikant Kumar Sahu, Campus Head, MithuTulsiChanrai campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Dr Umesh Chandra Behera, Head, ICICI Elderly Eye Care Centre, Mithu Tulsi hanrai campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute.

India is facing unprecedented demographic changes – a trend that is also being observed globally. Due to increasing longevity and reduced fertility, the population of those aged 60 and more in India is projected to nearly double over the next 30 years, from 10% in 2020 to 19% by 2050. In addition, the proportion of older adults considered the “oldest old,” age 80 and older, is also rising significantly.

The vision-limiting ocular diseases that ensue with aging often reflect chronic conditions and the individual’s overall health status. The increased risks of falls accompanied by vision impairment can adversely impact the quality of life of the elderly and their ability to lead independent lives.

While inaugurating the centre, Saurabh Singh, Head – TASC and GBG, ICICI Foundation said, “ICICI Bank would like to thank LV Prasad Eye Institute for giving us an opportunity to be a part of this noble initiative. As part of its CSR initiative, the Bank has provided financial assistance to several eye care institutions to upgrade their infrastructure, create community ophthalmic centres and sponsor cataract surgeries for the underprivileged. Our best wishes to the LVPEI team to take this initiative forward.”

“The ICICI Elderly Eye Care Centre is a unique, one-of-its-kind comprehensive facility in Odisha, offering the best vision care to the elderly. Our team of specialists tackles the gamut of vision-limiting ocular diseases that ensue with age and follow a holistic approach to aging. In addition, we place eye care at the center and as the first line of screening for other age-related health morbidities like frailty, risk of falls, depression and dementia. We are thankful to ICICI Bank for extending their support for this unique and much-needed service,” said Dr Umesh Chandra Behera, Head, ICICI Elderly Eye Care Centre, Mithu Tulsi Chanrai campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute.