Testimonials

  • These case studies of patients of are testimony to the fact that Sankara touches the lives of many with the gift of right vision. Read on to know about their experience.

  • Never Say Never Again

    The bewitching charm of the hills of Uttarakhand is a charm beyond explanation. The pristine beauty of the forest, the sparkling fresh rivulets and rivers which meanders its way and the spell binding majesty and grandeur of the proud mountains as they jostled with each other is a sight of heaven on earth.  It is a charm which beholds its audience in a state of amazement, rapture and ecstasy all at the same time. Coupled with the beauties of nature, what make the hill state standout are its people - simple, hardworking and honest.

    Smt. Maheshwari Devi also belonged to this proud land. A resident of Uttarkashi, she has been a daughter of the soil being born and brought up in the scenic land. However what escapes the normal eye is the hardship and difficulty which the people of the hilly area face on a practical basis. Faced with the  difficult terrain, an extreme weather, mishaps like landslides and other natural calamities; the people of the hill have an entirely different story to tell to what meets the eye of the tourist. Faced with such disadvantage, Smt. Maheswari Devi was also faced with the disadvantage of being born a female. Having spent her hey days in tending to her family she did it all alone- from framing, to tending to cows, to tending to children.  Now all of 80 years of age she is no longer able to work so well despite being quite fit physically for someone her age.

    One day her son came running to her excitedly. It seems he has found out about some eye screening camp Organised by Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute (NEI), Rishikesh in the locality. He urged her to come with him for the camp. Though she has been waiting for this day, old fear gripped Smt. Maheswari Devi as she remembered the words of her husband as he rambled about the evil of surgery.

    However, Smt. Maheswari Devi was a woman of strong resolve. On the camp day she did come out with her son and got herself examined by the Ophthalmologist. She was recommended for surgery at the base hospital. The surgery was successful with Smt. Maheswari Devi having good vision in both the eyes (after surgery her vision now is 6/36 and 6/60 in respective eyes).
    She wants to thank Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, Rishikesh for the kind service and the Gift of Vision provided by them. In her own words “after the surgery, I have gained back my old confidence and can go about my own activities without being dependent on anybody. I want to thank  Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, Rishikesh for not only giving me vision but also helping me stand on my own feet for which I will eternally be grateful”. 
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  • A Better Tomorrow

    Married early in life, Rahibai was barely able to understand the meaning of life when she became the mother of children in quick succession. 6 children in all, she also has the sad fate of seeing her own living separately from each other due to small misunderstandings.  Having resigned to fate, she lives with one of her son.

    Few days back Rahibai seems to be finding fault with everything. She used to shouts at her son and daughter in law for not lighting the room properly, for not adjusting the brightness of the television and so on and so forth without realising the fact that her vision is progressively decreasing.

    Seeing her in such a state, her son took her to the nearest doctor who declared her to have mature cataract in both the eyes. When enquired about the cost of the surgery, the figure itself proved to be a non-starter due to its high cost.

    Resigned to her fate, Rahibai decided to make the best use of whatever little vision she had for her daily activities. However that also proved to be elusive as her vision dimmed to such an extent as not to be of any use.

    At that point of time, the field worker of Bhojraj Eye Hospital, a unit managed by Sankara Eye Care Institutions visited her and asked her to come to a screening camp which was to be held in the nearby locality. She turned up for the camp along with her son, was screened and referred to base hospital for surgery.

    Post-surgery she has good vision and is able to carry out her daily activity well. With the return of her vision, she has also gained lot of confidence. Now she has taken on herself in getting all her children together and sort out their differences donning on the role of the head of the family.

    She   wants to thank all the staff and members of Bhojraj Eye Hospital for treating her with compassion, care and dignity. She is especially thankful to the operating surgeon and is profuse in her gratitude.

    Sitting at her home and looking at the setting sun, Rahibai is a picture of happiness and contentment. For her the age old sun has suddenly become brighter with the promise of returning with a much better tomorrow.

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  • The Miracle of a Prayer

    The irony of being a parent is the facts that no matter how poor and impoverished they may be most of them wish their children to have a better tomorrow and a brighter future than they ever had. The same was true for Nagraj and his wife. A native of Lakshmi Narayanapuram village near Sivakasi; both couples toiled hard day and night to make ends meet. The one singular focus in their life was to provide good education to their children for a better life. With a family size of five, this seems to be a tall order and the going was tough, uphill and arduous. With such harsh realities, the 3 children attended the local Panchayat Union School oblivious to the hardship their parents were going through to make their education a reality each passing day.

    The parent’s wish to have their son get the proper treatment was like a silent prayer in the face of a raging storm of adversity of cataclysmic proportion. With no money or any evident help, the parents resigned themselves to fate and slowly waited for the inevitable to happen- the total loss of vision of their only hope and aspirations.

    However, the silent prayer had its own miracles as one day the Rainbow School Screening Program team of Sankara Eye Hospital, Krishnankoil came to Boomirajan’ s school. They examined Boomirajan’ s eye and assured the dejected parents that there is still a strong flicker of hope which will see their son see again. With such words of encouragement, the child was referred to Sankara Eye Hospital, Krishnankoil along with the parents for surgery at no cost.

    The next day Boomirajan was operated on by a senior consultant and his surgery was successful. As his bandages were removed, the parents waited with bated breath to see their son’s reaction. A positive cry from Boomirajan affirmed that he is able to see again. Tears of gratitude, relief and joy flowed unabashedly from the eyes of the poor parents who had almost given up hope.

    As we saw a happy family reunited with Boomirajan’ s discharge, we at Sankara felt a deep sense of satisfaction in having been able to make a small difference in the life of a poor Boomirajan and his parents and helping him get the Gift of Vision. Such incidents and cases being helped by us as part of our daily work is something which keeps us going relentlessly to ensure nobody goes needlessly blind due to the absence of quality eye care irrespective of their ability to pay.

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  • Journey of Hope

    The only child of Mr & Mrs Kenchappa of Harpanahalli in Davagere district of Karnataka; Sangeetha was a cheerful and bubbly child who would light up anybody’s face and bring happiness to one and all around her. Since her birth she had beautiful wide eyes which would charm any onlooker who sees the child. The parents saw a pearly spot in both the eyes which they thought to be sign of beautiful eyes for their beautiful daughter.

    As Sangeetha grew up the spot also grew in size and in due course of time it almost filled her eyes.  Gradually she also had difficulty in identifying objects and people around her stumbling often during her daily play. The parents took her to the nearest PHC where the doctor referred her to the private hospital for further treatment. Due to their poor economic condition they were unable to take her to the private hospital. Both the parents wept miserably at the inevitable blindness of their only daughter.

    It so happened that Sangeetha’s grandfather had his surgery done at Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga and advised his son and daughter in law to the local screening camp at Arsikere.  She was duly taken to the free screening camp where she was detected with congenital cataract in both the eyes and referred to the base hospital for the necessary service. At the base hospital she was successfully operated on by the senior Paediatric Ophthalmologist and discharged after 3 days.                                   

    When we met Sangeetha at her house we saw her dashing around playing with toys. We talked to her parents who were moved to tears at the kindness shown by Sankara in taking in their child, treating her with compassion and giving the best of services all without any cost. In their eyes we saw tears of gratitude. We tried to strike up a rapport with Sangeetha who would look at us coyly and then dash off with a big smile. In her eyes we saw the promise of a tomorrow- a tomorrow which would ensure the fullest realization of her hidden talent as she would be able to express her talent and contribute to the nation’s growth unhindered by the scourge of blindness and handicapcy.

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  • Sankara - The Transformer of Lives

    Recently we received a letter from the parent of one of our young patient at Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga. The letter to us was the true reward for the work that we do. While being quite revealing of the struggle and stress parents of differently abled children faced in our society; it also gave us a sense of fulfilment and motivation to surge ahead in reaching out to many baby Amulyas in our communities.

     "I am a father of a handicapped daughter named Amulya who is only 2 years old. Amulya was our second child born after 2 years of our first child who is a male. In a household dominated by male child, the arrival of my cute Amulya was like the direct blessing of the almighty. By the grace of the almighty she was a bright eyed cute baby whose innocent smile lit up our world. My Amulya was so cute that we did not even show her to any outsider including our neighbours for the first 6 months!

    However, faith was cruel on us as it could not stand our good fortune to have been blessed with a cute baby like Amulya. When Amulya was old enough and was able to move around, she stumbled and fell at the slightest obstacle. We took her to the local children’s doctor who declared her to be partially blind in both the eyes due to cataract. Her treatment, we were told, was going to be quite costly. Due to our economic condition, we Resigned ourselves to fate we waited for the inevitable- her total blindness.

    Our experience in dealing with the society and people due to the blindness of our dear child has been horrifying to say the least. Few wanted to give us false sense of assurance which with our economic conditions we knew would not see the light of the day. We were questioned and criticized by all and sundry of not giving the best care to our child. We experienced sense of guilt and sadness when we saw other children of her age walk and play about freely.  Once we see a mother call out to her child and chide him and instruct him not to play with Amulya as she was handicapped. We felt a sense of intolerance from our friends and relatives towards Amulya for her disability. We felt isolated and not welcomed in their homes with our differently able child.

    With such a sense of isolation, dejection and intolerance; we became numb to emotion and feelings. During such a time of distress we heard about Sankara Eye Hospital at Shimoga from the children doctor at the government hospital. This was during one of our regular trip for Amulya’s immunization.  Being poor people with very less means, we were apprehensive about the rates and cost for treatment of our child at such a reputed hospital. It took us nearly 18 months to make up our mind.

    It was a couple of months ago that we heard of a local eye screening program for all by Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga. It also informed that if selected for operation the cost will be borne by Sankara. Seeking a flicker of light at the end of the dark tunnel, we took Amulya to the screening program.


    At the screening program the doctor and staff were very cordial and courteous as they examined Amulya. The doctor recommended surgery at the main hospital at Shimoga.  Since that time till the time Amulya was successfully discharged, we have experienced nothing but care, compassion and empathy at the hand of some of the most compassionate people at Sankara Eye Hospital Shimoga. The expert team at Sankara did a wonderful work and my Amulya, for the first time in her life, was able to see again.

    As the parent of a differently abled child we had realized that the society we live in expects us to carry our own burden without outside help. Living in a dominantly ‘able bodied’ society, we the parents of the differently abled child had no choice but to accept the inevitable – a life of dependency for our child. However, we concentrated on the things that she could do rather than the things that she cannot do and that’s why we prefer to call her differently abled. In a society obsessed with perfection, talent and a spirit of competition; we were like an outcast who has not even been offered a chance to explain our state and perspective.

    However, things changed with Sankara coming in to our lives. The amount of understanding, empathy and compassion which everybody at Sankara showed us was in a way overwhelming for all of us. Typically being the parents of a ‘blind’ girl we were used to the scorn, indifference and apathy of people around us. Such show of benevolence has choked us with emotion and we are unable to express in words the gratitude which we felt at such an attitude which has transformed our lives.

    We sincerely hope and wish Sankara to reach out to many more Amulyas and as many unfortunate parents like us in the community and save them from the vicious circle of neglect, apathy and insecurity that they are subjected to due to the disability of their dear child."

    Such are the letters and communication which reaffirms our faith in the kind of work that we  do and spurs us further in ensuring we reach to the maximum number of Amulyas and their parents and restore to their world the” Gift of Vision” and transform their lives.

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  • A Positive Lesson

    I had been envious and jealous of people who were able bodied and carried about themselves effortlessly without any assistance. This took me back to the days of my childhood when I was able to fly like a free bird before polio in my right leg took my freedom away. The happiness of able bodied people coupled with the memories of my able bodied day and my present miserable condition will drive me to anger, frustration, distress and jealous”.  Said a teary eyed Subramanian sitting in the pre-operative ward of the Sankara, Eye Centre, Krishnankovil.

    Hailing from Sellavipuram village in Elumalai of Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu; Subramanian is a living example of how patience and perseverance in the face of life’s adversity is a trick well known to the poor and down trodden in India. Born to Muthuswamy, Subramanian was a happy and carefree child. Playing day long he would have the least of care in the world as only children can be. Due to lack of knowledge and proper awareness, Subramanian did not receive any immunization for childhood disease. He had brief illness which went untreated and he finally succumbed to polio.

    However, Subramanian was a fighter and though he did not have much education, he arranged for some money on loan basis and set up a small shop in the village. In due course of time he got married and had 4 children- 2 daughters and 2 sons. Moving around effortlessly with a stick, Subramanian managed the affair of his family and his shop with élan.

    About 2 years back he had gone to get some goods for his shop behind a friend’s motorcycle. On the way back they met with a tragic accident due to which Subramanian had to suffer multiple fractures in his left leg. Being already crippled in his right leg, this new development in his life spelled doom for him and his family. Subramanian got very depressed as he had to take help for virtually all his work. Business dwindled as he was unable to run around and also got cheated as he got all goods through someone else.

    Things got from bad to worse as his children and extended family were also unable to support him for long. Also he started having failing vision in the right eye. His wife was also faced with a failing vision.  Without any education or special skills Subramanian was standing at a juncture from where black clouds of despair stared back at him from direction.

    At this point of time he came to know of the free eye care screening program of Sankara Eye Centre, Krishnankovil in his village. Some of the elders in the village also encouraged him to go and have his eye screened as they themselves had benefitted from Sankara’s service in the past and now enjoyed a blindness free life. Accordingly Subramanian came with his wife to the Screening Program conducted by Sankara Eye Centre, Krishnankovil at Elumalai where he was detected of having cataract in right eye and suggested for surgery.

    At Sankara Eye Centre, Krishnankovil, Subramanian was successfully operated on and restored to full vision post-surgery. Since then he also had his wife get operated at Sankara. A happy and contended man now, Subramanian is back in business being helped by his sons. When we met him he was sitting in his shop while his sons scuttled around handing over goods to customers. Managing the cash register, Subramanian beamed when we approached him. 

    "Being given a new life I will use this positive lesson given by Sankara and spend the rest of my life making others happy and being happy myself”.

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  • God's Perfection

    The father of Gautam narrated this story to us when we met him at his house to know about his experience and feedback about Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, Rishikesh (a unit managed by Sankara Eye Care Institutions)  and its services. Below is a narrative as the emotional father narrated his experience.

    Like any other couple, we were overwhelmed and beside ourselves with happiness over the birth of a cute baby boy. But one day we found out that alas! Our child could not see. The local doctor told that he has a condition called congenital cataract due to which he will have diminished vision which will result in final blindness if not operated. Gautam could move around a bit but could not move about freely as other children of his age. This did a lot of harm to his sense of self-esteem and confidence as he kept himself mostly indoors and refused to play with the children of his age as they taunted him for being ‘blind’. We were deeply hurt and were feeling inadequate due to their son’s handicapcy.”

    At one point of time in his narrative he cried out "Where is the perfection in my son Gautam? All of God’s creation perfect. But my child cannot see as other children do. My child cannot socialize and play as other children. Where is God's perfection?"

    We were surprised by the question, anguished by the father's pain, stunned by the pointed query.

    I believe," he answered, "that when God brings a child like this into the world, the perfection that he wants to see is in the way people react to this child."

    He then told the following story about his son Gautam:

    I took my son to the free eye screening program conducted by Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute (NEI) in our locality. He was suggested for surgery at the base hospital. We were transported to the hospital on a Sunday morning by the hospital vehicle. Reaching the hospital, the staff of NEI, Rishikesh took good care of us. They tried to cajole Gautam but given his state lately, he remained silent and withdrawn.”

    On the Sunday afternoon Gautam and his father walked past the hospital recreation area where some residential staffs were playing cricket. 

    Gautam looked at them for long asked, "Do you think they will let me play?"

    Gautam’s father knew that his son did not have full vision and that most players would not want him on their team. But Gautam’s father understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging.

    Seeing their predicament the staff of NEI Rishikesh came forward and offered to take in Gautam.


    Gautam’s father was ecstatic as Gautam smiled broadly. Gautam’s team was chasing an impossible score of 80 runs in 8 overs. Though they had performed well, yet their wicket was falling like nine pins.

    In the middle of the batting inning, Gautam’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by 20 runs. In the end of the 7th over, Gautam’ s team scored again and were 3 runs short of winning when two quick wickets fell in quick succession. Now with two outs, 2 wickets left and 3 balls to go; Gautam was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Gautam bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Gautam was given the bat.

    Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Gautam didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it. However as Gautam stepped up to the pitch, the bowler moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Gautam should at least be able to make contact.

    The first pitch came in and Gautam swung clumsily and missed. One of Gautam’s teammates came up to Gautam and together they held the bat and faced the bowler waiting for the next pitch. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Gautam. As the pitch came in, Gautam and his teammate swung at the bat and together they hit a slow ground ball to the bowler.

    The bowler picked up the ball and could easily have thrown the ball to the wicketkeeper. Gautam would have been out as he was way out of his crease and that would have ended the game. Instead, the bowler took the ball and threw it on a high arc to the points fielder, far beyond reach of the wicket keeper.

    Everyone started yelling, “Gautam, run. Run the first run." Never in his life had Gautam run so fast. He scampered down the pitch wide-eyed and startled. By the time he completed the first run, the boundary fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the bowler who would run out Gautam, who was still running. But the boundary fielder understood what the bowler's intentions were, so he threw the ball high and far over the bowler's head. Everyone yelled, "Run the second run, run the second." Gautam ran towards the crease as the fielder missed yet again knowingly... As Gautam reached the crease, everybody chorused “Run the third run." As Gautam ran the third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, "We’ve won, we’ve won."

    Everybody ran in to the field and all 22 players lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero, as he had just hit a "winning hit" and won the game for his team.

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  • Ms Margrate Ressa

    At Sankara Eye Care Institutions, we pride on providing highest quality and value for money eye care services. We share the experience of Ms Margrate Ressa from Australia operated at Sankara Eye Hospital, Vijayawada. Here’s what she had to say about our services. “I came to this hospital to have my cataract operation. It was really a good and pleasant experience. The facilities were as good as in Australia and the Doctor was highly experienced. The operation was very successful conducted with great care. I am very pleased with all the staff, they took good care of me and I highly recommend it to anyone from overseas to come here because you get the same care at the fraction of the cost."

  • The LASIK Experience

    We share the experience of Mr. Shubham Joshi, a TYBSC Student of ST. Xavier College operated at Sankara Eye Hospital, Malad, Mumbai. Here’s what he had to say about our services. My experience with you'll was amazing. The staffs were friendly, extreme hygiene and brilliant coordination and cooperation. The operation went smoothly. I struggled a bit when my left eye was being operated with LASIK. Otherwise it was good. The importance to sterility was amazing. There was too much ache and burning sensations in both eyes for about 3 hours. Then after I returned home and slept, the pain was less. At around 6 in the evening, there was no pain or any other sensations, exactly as Doctor had told me. I wore black glasses throughout the day. There was a little tearing from eyes and slight photosensitivity. I spent that day listening to music. The next morning was brilliant. I could see everything. You can imagine that a person with power 12, suddenly can see everything, how happy it would feel. The next day after operation was good. I tried to use my phone a bit but realized that there's still blurriness but only toward electronics. I went out to the park to roam with my black specs on. It was very nice that I could see even the distant of building and trees. I can see even better than I used to when I used to wear contact lenses. I can see things that I never had before. Read the most distant hoardings or see the leaves of distant trees. It seems miraculous that within a matter of few seconds, the operation ended and I could see. It makes me wonder about where our civilization has reached. I'm positively awestruck, extremely happy and immensely satisfied with Sankara Eye Hospital's services. more...