VIEW (Village Integrated Eye Workers Trial)

Since August 2017, SightLife is taking over the VIEW I activities, community randomized trial conduct by F.I. Proctor Foundation, USA from 2014-2017. Where we have 117 trained Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) from nine and three VDCs of Nawalparasi and Chitwan districts respectively involved in detecting and treating corneal abrasions in their communities. SightLife founded in 1969 is the only non-profit global health organization solely focused on eliminating corneal blindness around the world through prevention programs, eye banking and corneal transplants. VIEW-II-Pilot Study is the second phase of VIEW study lunched in June 2018 by Francis I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF in collaboration with Seva Foundation and Bharatpur Eye Hospital. This study aims to determine whether a community based screening program is more effective than cataract camp approach, in detecting more cases of glaucoma, DR and AMD and also to determine whether a community health volunteer program increases the rate of cataract surgery compared to a no program. This pilot study is still undergoing. 

VIEW II the real study was launched in April 2019. This is cluster randomized trial, randomization units include toles/wards of municipality/rural municipality in Chitwan and Nawalpur districts. The main objective of the study is to determine whether a community–based intervention screening program for ocular disease involving OCT, intraocular pressure testing and enhanced linkage to care improves ocular outcomes.

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