Corneal blindness is responsible for 4.9 million* of the 39 million blind people in the world and is the third major cause ofblindness after cataract and glaucoma. The Tej Kohli Foundation has long been committed to a programme of corneal education and care in India and its partnership with the LVPEI to form TKCI is part of a strategy to accelerate this in India and then globally.
Since the TKCI was founded in December 2015, with an injection of USD 10 million funding from the Tej Kohli Foundation, it has completed 2,000 successful corneal operations in India, including over 1,000 corneal transplants. Following its early success, the TKCI has been invited to review corneal services in Oman and assist them with restarting corneal transplants.
[*Globally, bilateral (both-eyes) corneal blindness is estimated to be 4.9 million persons or 12.5% of 39 million blind, utilizing WHO 2010 global blindness data and WHO 2002 sub-region causes (updated by 2010 data) to define regional prevalence.
Reference Press; 2009. World Health Assembly Document A62/7: Action plan for the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. 2009 – 2013; pp. 7–17.
Unilateral (one-eye) corneal blindness is not captured in WHO data, but is estimated to occur in 23 million globally out of 285 million visually impaired.
Reference – Indian J Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep-Oct; 60(5): 423–427. ]