Regional Statistics

Over sixty million people in India are blind and with some form of vision impairment or the other.

India is home to 20% of the world’s visually impaired population.

75% of blindness cases are preventable.

There are only an estimated 15,000 ophthalmologists in India and only 45,000 optometrists against a required 125,000.

Indian women are 35% more likely to be blind than men.

Statistics from Health Issues India and Down to Earth

Our Focus

To strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities, enabling them to fight blindness and vision loss and assist those who are blind or visually impaired.

SightFirst Grants

LCIF has approved over 320 SightFirst grants totaling US$45.9 million for India

These grants have trained over 1,663 individuals, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, and ophthalmic nurses

2,065,630 cataract surgeries were supported by these grants

Over 13,000 individuals had their diabetic retinopathy managed/treated, either through laser or surgery, as a result of SightFirst’s investment

SightFirst Comprehensive Eye Care Grant

The mission of the SightFirst Grant program is to develop or improve comprehensive eye care systems to fight blindness and vision loss and to assist people who are blind and visually impaired in underserved communities.

Criteria and Application

SightFirst Research Grant

SightFirst Research Grants provide funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program.

Criteria and Application

Matching Grant

Matching grants (previously called standard grants) are large-scale humanitarian projects that address unmet needs. The project must serve a large population. Grants awarded are between US$10,000 and US$100,000.

Criteria and Application

District and Club Community Impact Grant

Through the District & Club Community Impact Grants program, 15 percent of unrestricted contributions to LCIF are transformed into grants that fund local projects on a club and/or district level.

Criteria and Application

LCIF Leo Service Grant

Provides financial assistance to Leo service projects implemented by Leo clubs in a Lions multiple district or district. The goal of the grant is to support Leos to assess, plan and implement their own service projects.

Criteria and Application

Partners in Vision

Our sight programs range from developing and improving eye care systems and treatments to distributing medications to those most at-risk for eye diseases. Our partners play a huge role in our success, providing critical expertise and resources.

Sight for Kids
The World Health Organization

Get Involved

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LCIF India Resources