This is an inspiring story of a 58-year old gentleman, Mr. Banabasi, of Ganjam district, Odisha, who had lost hope due to glaucoma. He came to LVPEI Bhubaneswar when he was completely blind in his one eye and had 20/50 vision in the other eye with severe visual field loss. Mr. Banabasi came from a very poor socio-economic background and had a small Kirana shop to eke out his living. His life was a saga of poor visual skills and constant discomfort.
He had boarded a train from his native place Berhampur, travelling without money to Bhubaneswar. However, thanks to the free treatment he received at LVPEI, he started to see new light in his life. His eye problems have been taken care of by the glaucoma consultant and he was further rehabilitated in the vision rehabilitation center. He was advised to use a low vision aid and introduced to other services like orientation and mobility training, technique of currency identification and was also provided government assistance through a certificate for the visually challenged.
Now he uses the low vision aid and is able to see the price tags of different materials at his shop. He is very happy to be able to read the Bhagvad Gita on his own. He expresses his immense gratitude for the support provided by the staff at the Institute. He feels that the Vision Rehabilitation Center at Bhubaneswar occupies a special place in his life. Regaining useful sight after living in a world of darkness is nothing but a miracle in Mr. Banabasi’s life.