This is Our Story
India is fast emerging as a global superpower. But in this very India lies another India that’s bereft of all the benefits of globalization. While one part of the country celebrates its arrival on the world platform, the other is still grappling with basic issues of health & hygiene. Although it’s convenient to forget the pain of those who are suffering, it’s not easy to ignore the facts. Every year thousands of people suffer from eye-related problems which can result in bigger complications, including complete loss of vision. If you think the situation is bad today, just imagine the plight in the 70s.
Faced with this reality, Rotary Club of Navsari founded Smt. Lilavati Mohanlal Shah (Bilimorawala) Eye Hospital , (popularly known as Rotary Eye Institute) in 1977, a non-profit eye hospital– to provide world-class eye care services. The hospital was started to cater to the other India – the poor and low income families settled in the southern part of Gujarat and bordering tribal areas of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
- Serving Humanity 100%
Today Smt. Lilavati Mohanlal Shah (Bilimorawala) Eye Hospital (popularly known as Rotary Eye Institute, Navsari) is considered one of the best eye care facilities in India. It has state-of-the-art infrastructure spread across 4-story building with over 20,000 sq.ft. of built up area that houses 150-bed eye hospital with 5 full-equipped Operation Theatres, Eye Bank, Optical Store, Medical Store, Pathology Lab, Eye Museum and two educational institutes offering bachelor and master degree programs in Optometry and also post graduate program in Ophthalmology (DNB). We also have residential quarters to Doctors – a separate two story building next to the hospital.
REI offers 3600 eye care services – Eye Treatment, Eye Banking, Research, Education, Prevention & Awareness and Rehabilitation. We offer comprehensive eye care services including Cataract, Glucoma, Retina, Cornea, Squint eyes, Laser Eye Treatment, Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL), etc. REI is equipped with latest equipments and machines including: Excimer laser, Ozil phacoimulsification, Yag – Argon Combi Laser, C3R, Automated Perimetry, Vitrectomy and Endolaser, B- scan & A-scan: for posterior segment sonography, Fundus Camera, Photographic Slit Lamp, OCT, etc.
In the last few years, Rotary Eye Institute has also developed 10 satellite centers in tribal areas in the South Gujarat region – Vesma, Alipore, Kharel, Dharampur, Nani Bhamti, Mahuva, Bajipura, Vyara, Utchhal and Kapura. REI also organises regular free screening and surgical eye camps at various places across India including Nakhatrana (Bhuj, Kutch), Ambaji (North Gujarat), Shreenathji (Rajasthan), Gangapur (Karnataka) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand).
Since 2005, Rotary Eye Institute has been regularly providing eye care services through free screening and surgical eye camps in Nigeria & Ghana. Till March 2014, REI has made total 10 visits to Nigeria. During these 10 visits, we have screened more than 100,000 patients, operated 11,151 patients and distributed 10,600 spectacles to needy patients.
Till date, Rotary Eye Institute has treated more than 2.1 million patients and operated more than 250,000 patients, out of which almost 70% are treated free of cost.