Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank, Ranchi, is devoted to combat blindness in the State of Jharkhand, by raising awareness on eye donations, holding eye screening camps, cataract detection and removal camps, diabetic retinopathy camps and restore sight to millions of men, women and children.
The mission of Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank, Ranchi translates to be:
Public education and Breaking taboo of organ donation: The Eye Bank shall strive to break the taboo or organ donation by organising Run For Vision in September, each year to coincide with the National Eye Donation Awareness Fortnight, celebrated all over the country .
Organising Eye Camps :The Eye Bank shall on its own or in association with voluntary organisations, public and private sector companies, departments of the state government, trade and professional bodies and others, hold eye screening camps particularly for the more vulnerable sections of the society.
Creating a pool of trained manpower to reduce blindness : The Eye Bank shall strive to provide training to teachers working in government schools all over the state, in primary detection of refractive errors, detection of Vitamin A deficiency, squints, lazy eyes and cataracts. The Eye Bank shall also provide training to B.Sc Optometry students to reach the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020 through Kashyap memorial eye hospital
Base Hospital Concept: At all Eye Camps conducted by Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank,Ranchi, patients would only be screened. Later they would be brought to the base hospital, Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital, Ranchi, in batches, for surgery, to cut down the risk of post-operative infection and for early rehabilitation.
In 1991, Dr Bharti Kashyap and her ophthalmologist husband, Dr Birendra Prasad Kashyap, formed The Kashyap’s Memorial Eye Bank and Charitable Trust, which got associated with Eye Bank Association of India.
The Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank got the Institutional membership of the Eye Bank Association of India, in 1996.
In 1995, the Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank ,got its first locally retrieved pair of eyes of Mr.H.N. Prasad who had already pledged his eyes before his demise. The corneal transplant was done by Dr. Bharti Kashyap along with her ophthalmologist husband, Dr Birendra Prasad Kashyap.It was first cornea transplantation of state from local post humous eye donation
As early as 1996, the Eye Bank realised the need to focus on detection and removal of cataract in children, particularly those residing in the remotest parts of Jharkhand. It was found that due to ignorance, the cataract in most cases, went undetected which raised chances of permanent vision loss. Since then, the Eye Bank has been organising Cataract Detection Camps, in the far flung areas of the state with various organisations and hi tech phaco cataract surgeries also .the organisation started base hospital cataract surgewry camps in Jharkhand in 1996 for which the Eye Bank has been rewarded by Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand.