A Legacy of Change
With great success from 2015 to 2019, and 43,255 surgeries completed we knew that visual impairment is a public health issue of global proportions.
Following the success in 2015 to 2019, founder Tej Kohli has partnered with Dr Sanduk Ruit to found the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation.
This was created to build upon the work achieved by the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute and support impoverished communities across the world.
More than 285 million people worldwide have some form of visual impairment. 90% of those affected by blindness and severe visual impairment live in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Since our first endeavour into curing blindness in developing countries, we have progressed into many more regions.
From the industry leading research and innovation at the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute we have had a significant impact across the globe.
Blindness can bring a multitude of issues to poor communities, the main issue being unemployment.
Those living in remote and impoverished areas do not just work to earn a wage, but to live. With many jobs being hard labour such as farming - each member of a community is integral.
This is why we have reached out to these communities and have made it our goal to support more and more people that are struggling with their vision.
The first incarnation of the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was established in 2015 at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, a World Health Organization collaborating centre that is a global leader in research and development, preventative medicine and Corneal transplants.
Between 2016 and the end of 2019 the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute welcomed 223,404 outpatients, completed 43,255 surgical procedures, collected 38,225 donor corneas into its eye bank, utilized 22,176 donor corneas, trained 152 clinicians, published 202 papers and gave 892 educational presentations. In 2019 alone, 5,736 patients were cured of preventable blindness.
The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was also uniquely adept at solving the problems of reaching people living with blindness or visual impairment in the hard-to-reach rural areas where 66% of Indians live. Eye care clinics were taken to villages by mobile diagnostics vans where makeshift operating theatres were constructed.
In 2020, the focus turned to finding ways to introduce affordable and sustainable treatments. From this focus came the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation. This become a large scale organisation that saw the alliance of Tej Kohli and Dr Sanduk Ruit take their efforts into countries like Nepal and cure thousands more people of needless blindness. Now in 2022, the pair have used the foundation to cure nearly 17,000 people and aim to cure more and more.