LAICO Projects Division contributes to the elimination of needless blindness through effective provision of end-to-end project management systems and processes,  development of project management capabilities, and training. The main focus areas under this division is to promote right approaches to development, management, and evaluation of projects.

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust supported DR project: To build models in twelve districts in India to build capacity within the government health system for effective management of Diabetic Retinopathy.

Duration: 3 years (2016 to 2018)

Project implementing centre: Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli


REACH – Refractive Error Among School Children: To reduce visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error among school-going children with the help of trained vision screeners in four districts of Tamil Nadu.  The project will screen 400,000 children during the three years

Duration: 3 years (2016 to 2018)

Project implementing centre: Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai


Enabling access and enhancing eye care (non-cataract services): To leverage and develop technology for improving diagnosis and management of sub-specialty services such as Corneal ulcer, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Duration: 2 years (2017 to 2018)

Project implementing centre: Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Pondicherry


Eye Care for Tibetan refugees in India: To provide eye care for Tibetan population in Karnataka state, India

Duration: 3 years (2017 to 2020)

Project implementing centre: Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore


Strengthening Diabetic Retinopathy Screening & awareness activities in Madurai District: To prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy in Madurai district through awareness creation and screening camps.

Duration: 1 year (2017 to 2018)

Project implementing centre: Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

Vision Centre – Primary Eye Examination Centre, A Model of High Quality – supported by Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) through IAPB: The objective of the project was to provide primary eye care services through vision centers to the population of 500,000. With the support of SCB, we established 10 vision centres (5 Vision Centres in the first year (2008 – 2009) and 5 in the subsequent year (2009 – 2010) with in a community where no eye care services available. Each Vision Centre was set up at a cost of US$ 11,830 to provide adequate facilities for comprehensive eye examination. The recurring cost was met by Aravind through sale of spectacles, consultation fee and other related services. Now all the vision centres are functioning well with financially self-sustainable.

Primary Eye Care Through Vision Centres – supported by Lavelle fund for the Blind: The objective of the project was to provide primary eye care in a cost-effective manner through permanent facilities that provide easy access. With the support of Lavelle fund, we established 20 vision centres (Project Duration: 1st Oct 2006 to 30th Spt. 2010 (3 years). These Vision Centres were established in specific locations within 40 KMs radius of each of the Aravind Eye Hospitals located at Madurai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.

Lavelle Paediatric Eye Care Project: The Lavelle supported project “Eye Care for a Million Children” commenced on 1st August, 2010 and ended on 31st July, 2013. This project was implemented in the district of Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Pondicherry State. The project goal was to build capacity and processes to effectively address the problem of visual impairment and blindness among children in the age group of 0 – 17 years in the service area of Aravind Eye Hospitals at Tirunelveli and Pondicherry. A total of 1.04 million school children were screened under this project by teachers and other means to detect children with eye problems. Among them 888,087 were in the age group of 6–17 years, while 115,460 were between 0–5 years. Now the project activities are continuing in all the districts in a sustainable manner.

Diabetic Retinopathy projects: The diabetic retinopathy was implemented with the support of World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) in 11 Districts with the coverage of about 24 million population in Tamil nadu & Pondicherry State. The aim of the project was to prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy. The project strategies were awareness creation, organize outreach screening for DR, referral for appropriate treatment (laser/injection or surgery). Based on the lessons learned, we have developed a “Comprehensive guidelines for management of Diabetic retinopathy in India” and it was published under VISION 2020 India. All the project activities are continuing even after completion of the projects with active participation of community. A new strategy is also introduced to work with the local diabetic centres for screening of known diabetic patients at Diabetic centers and Government Primary Health Centres and vision centers.