Sh. Satya Pal Malik
Hon'ble Governor
Sh. K. Vijay Kumar
Advisor to
The Governor J&K
Sh. B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, IAS
Chief Secretary,
J & K
Sh. Atal Dulloo, IAS
Principal Secretary to Government, H & M Education
Dr. Kunzes Dolma
Director Health Services, Kashmir

National Programme for Control of Blindness


    National Programme for Control of Blindness was launched in the year 1976 as a 100% Centrally Sponsored scheme with the goal to reduce the prevalence of blindness from 1.4% to 0.3%. As per Survey in 2001-02, prevalence of blindness is estimated to be 1.1%. Rapid Survey on Avoidable Blindness conducted under NPCB during 2006-07 showed reduction in the prevalence of blindness from 1.1% (2001-02) to 1% (2006-07). Various activities/initiatives undertaken during the Five Year Plans under NPCB are targeted towards achieving the goal of reducing the prevalence of blindness to 0.3% by the year 2020.

    Main causes of blindness are as follows: - Cataract (62.6%) Refractive Error (19.70%) Corneal Blindness (0.90%), Glaucoma (5.80%), Surgical Complication (1.20%) Posterior Capsular Opacification (0.90%) Posterior Segment Disorder (4.70%), Others (4.19%) Estimated


  • To reduce the backlog of blindness through identification and treatment of blind at primary, secondary and tertiary levels based on assessment of the overall burden of visual impairment in the country.
  • Develop and strengthen the strategy of NPCB for “Eye Health” and prevention of visual impairment; through provision of comprehensive eye care services and quality service delivery.
  • Strengthening and upgradation of RIOs to become centre of excellence in various sub-specialities of ophthalmology
  • Strengthening the existing and developing additional human resources and infrastructure facilities for providing high quality comprehensive Eye Care in all Districts of the country;
  • To enhance community awareness on eye care and lay stress on preventive measures;
  • Increase and expand research for prevention of blindness and visual impairment
  • To secure participation of Voluntary Organizations/Private Practitioners in eye Care

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