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About Kenia Foundation

The Kenia Foundation, a charitable wing of Kenia Eye Hospital, was established in the fond memory of late Shri. Dr. Pravin Bhanji Kenia with the objective to embark on a crusade against blindness. Kenia foundations not for profit organisation was founded under the section 25, of the companies Act 1956 (section 8 under company act under 2013). Kenia foundation has taken up the cause of treatable blindness and is thereby committed to better lives of people. The organisation is exempted under IT section 80G & 12A.

The objective is to use the latest state of the art technology with personal touch to treat blindness totally free of cost. The treatments provided are the best and latest without any disparity, to the poor and needy.

Foundation is led by Dr. Vaishal Kenia, who with his surgical skills and medical work has earned respect and dignity in the community and ophthalmic fraternity. With the expertise of Dr. Vaishal Kenia and his team of sub-speciality consultants not only cataract surgeries are done but more complex and complicated eye surgeries are performed like the corneal transplants, squint corrective surgery, retinal detachment corrective surgery. Kenia Eye Hospital is a government of India certified corneal transplant center. Also it is ISO 9001:2008 certified center, also NABH accredited center. Thus with advanced surgical capability, quality standards are maintained.

Over a short period Kenia Foundation has screened more than 2,00,000 patients in past 5 years. More than 10,000 cataracts, 1000 anti-glaucoma surgeries, 100 corneal transplants, and more than 3000 odd laser treatment for diabetic retinal problems are treated.The Kenia Foundation has been conductingeye camps, dental camps, awareness seminars, free spectacle distribution, school screening, village screening and health upliftment programmes for the underprivileged strata of the society, on regular basis.

Our Founders

Dr. Vaishal P. Kenia
Chairman & Medical Director
Dr. Pallavi V. Kenia
Managing Director

Our Team

Blindness - Burden in India

India is now home to the world's largest number of blind people. Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India.

What's worse, 75% of these are cases of avoidable blindness, thanks to the country's acute shortage of medical treatment and donated eyes for the treatment of corneal blindness. Meanwhile, shortage of donated eyes is becoming a huge problem. Of the 15 million blind people in India, three million, 26% of whom are children, suffer due to corneal disorders. But only 10,000 corneal transplants are being done every year due to the shortage of donated eyes. The causes of blindness, many are curable if proper detection is done in time and added that while cataract was the most common cause, Refractive error is also another most common cause of visual impairment and affects nearly 25 per cent of general population.

For India, it is vital that eyecare professionals focus on surgeries and take charge of primary eye care refractive errors like presbyopia, contact lenses, low-vision aids and vision therapies. This is how most developed countries managed to control and eliminate avoidable blindness.

In India 153 million people in the country require reading glasses but do not have access to them. Optometrists are eye physicians concerned with vision care, eye diseases and prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and medications to treat eye disorders.

The main objective of Kenia Foundation is to utilize its manpower and available resources for reducing the burden of blindness in the community, where childhood blindness and diabetic retinopathy have been identified as two key priorities for intervention.


What is Cataract

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataract are very common in older people.A cataract can occur in either or both eyes.

How can cataract affect my vision?

  • 45 million in India are visually impaired
  • 12 million totally blind
  • ¼th of the world’s population of blind are in India
  • Majority of them are needlessly blind
  • 80% live in rural areas

Types Of Cataracts Include

  • Age-Related Cataract: As the name suggests, this type of cataract develops as a result of aging.
  • Congenital Cataract: New born babies are sometimes born with cataracts as a result of an infection, injury, or poor development before they were born, or they may develop during childhood.
  • Secondary Cataract: These develop as a result of other medical conditions, like diabetes, or exposure to toxic substances, certain drugs, ultraviolet light, or radiation.
  • Traumatic Cataract: These form after injury to the eye.

Treatment For Cataract

There are two types of cataract surgery:

Phacoemulsification, or phaco: A small incision is made on the side of the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. The tiny probe inserted into the eye, this device emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction. Most cataract surgery today is done by phacoemulsification, also called “small incision cataract surgery”

Extracapsular surgery: It have a longer incision on the side of the cornea and removes the cloudy core of the lens in one piece. The rest of the lens is removed by suction. After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. Light is focused clearly by the IOL onto the retina, improving your vision. Some people cannot have an IOL.

Diabetic Retinopathy

is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. When these blood vessels are damaged, they may leak blood and grow fragile new vessels. When the nerve cells are damaged, vision is impaired. These changes can result in blurring of your vision, haemorrhage into your eye, or, if untreated, retinal detachment.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye
  • Seeing rings around lights
  • Dark spots or flashing lights

The above symptoms may not necessarily mean that you have diabetic retinopathy. However, if you experience one or more of these symptoms, examination is required.


People with untreated diabetes are 25 times more at risk for blindness than the general population. The longer a person has had diabetes, the higher the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, with regular, proper eye care and treatment when necessary, the incidence of severe vision loss has been greatly reduced.

Diabetic retinopathy can cause vision loss in two ways

  • Macular Edema: is a condition where your retinal blood vessels develop tiny leaks. When this occurs, blood and fluid leak from the retinal blood vessels and fatty material (called exudate) is deposited in the retina. This causes swelling of the retina and is called diabetic macular edema. When this swelling occurs in the central part of the retina, also known as the macula, your vision will be reduced or blurred.
  • Proliferative Retinopathy and Vitreous Hemorrhage: refers to the changes that occur when new, abnormal blood vessels begin to grow on the surface of your retina. This abnormal growth is called neovascularization. If these abnormal blood vessels grow around your pupil, glaucoma can result from the increasing pressure within your eye. These new blood vessels have weaker walls and may break and bleed, or cause scar tissue to grow that can pull the retina away from the back of your eye. When your retina is pulled away it is called a retinal detachment and, if left untreated, it can cause severe vision loss, including blindness. Leaking blood can cloud the vitreous-the clear, jelly-like substance that fills the back of the eye—and block the light passing through the pupil to the retina, causing blurred and distorted images. In more advanced proliferative retinopathy, diabetic fibrous or scar tissue can form on the retina.


  • Laser treatment should be offered for proliferative (stage three or four) diabetic retinopathy and some cases of maculopathy.
  • Intravitreal injections may be recommended if you have maculopathy.
  • Vitreoretinal surgery may be needed if laser treatment is not possible because retinopathy is too advanced.

Glaucoma: There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before the retina has been severely damaged. Surgical removal of the vitreous gel (vitrectomy) may also help improve vision if the retina has not been severely damaged. Sometimes injections of an anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) medicine or an anti-inflammatory medicine help to shrink new blood vessels in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Because symptoms may not develop until the disease becomes severe, early detection through regular screening is important. The earlier retinopathy is detected, the easier it is to treat and the more likely vision will be preserved.

Glaucoma refers to a group of related eye disorders that all cause damage to the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma usually has few or no initial symptoms. In most cases, glaucoma is associated with higher-than-normal pressure inside the eye - a condition called ocular hypertension. But it also can occur when intraocular pressure (IOP) is normal. If untreated or uncontrolled, glaucoma first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to blindness.

Symptoms of Glaucoma?

The most people, there are usually few or no symptoms of glaucoma. The first sign of glaucoma is often the loss of peripheral or side vision, which can go unnoticed until late in the disease. This is why glaucoma is often called the "sneak thief of vision."

Detecting glaucoma early is one reason you should have a complete exam with an eye specialist every one to two years. Occasionally, intraocular pressure can rise to severe levels. In these cases, sudden eye pain, headache, blurred vision, or the appearance of halos around lights may occur.

If you have any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical care:

  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Vision loss
  • Redness in the eye
  • Eye that looks hazy (particularly in infants)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the eye
  • Narrowing of vision (tunnel vision)

What are the causes of glaucoma?

The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision.

Can Glaucoma be prevented?

Glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled witheye drops, pills, laser procedures, and surgical operations are used to prevent or slow further damage from occurring. With any type of glaucoma, regular eye examinations are very important to detect progression and to prevent vision loss.


Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods. The goal of any treatment is to prevent loss of vision, as vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. The good news is that glaucoma can be managed if detected early, and that with medical and/or surgical treatment, most people with glaucoma will not lose their sight.

Taking medications regularly, as prescribed, is crucial to preventing vision-threatening damage. The different treatment options are as mentioned below:

  • Eye Drops: It is important to take medications regularly and exactly as prescribed to control eye pressure.
  • Tablets: When eye drops don't sufficiently control IOP, tablets may be prescribed in addition to drops. These pills, which have more systemic side effects than drops, also serve to turn down the eye's faucet and lessen the production of fluid. These medications are usually taken from two to four times daily. It is important to share this information with all your other doctors so they can prescribe medications for you which will not cause potentially dangerous interactions.
  • Laser Surgery Laser surgery has become increasingly effective as an intermediate step between drugs and traditional surgery though the long-term success rates are variable. The most common type performed for open-angle glaucoma is called trabeculoplasty.
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) -- for open-angle glaucoma The laser treats the trabecular meshwork of the eye, increasing the drainage outflow, thereby lowering the IOP. These lasers can be performed only two to three times in each eye over a lifetime.
  • Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) -- for open-angle glaucoma SLT is a newer laser that uses very low levels of energy. It is termed "selective" since it leaves portions of the trabecular meshwork intact. For this reason, it is believed that SLT, unlike other types of laser surgery, may be safely repeated.
  • Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) -- for angle-closure glaucoma It is used to make an opening through the iris, allowing aqueous fluid to flow from behind the iris directly to the anterior chamber of the eye. This allows the fluid to bypass its normal route. LPI is the preferred method for managing a wide variety of angle-closure glaucomas that have some degree of pupillary blockage. This laser is most often used to treat an anatomically narrow angle and prevent angle-closure glaucoma attacks.

Traditional Surgery

Trabeculectomy: When medications and laser therapies do not adequately lower eye pressure, doctors may recommend conventional surgery. The most common of these operations is called a trabeculectomy, which is used in both open-angle and closed-angle glaucoma’s.

  • Drainage Implant Surgery Several different devices have been developed to aid the drainage of aqueous humor out of the anterior chamber and lower IOP. All of these drainage devices share a similar design which consists of a small silicone tube that extends into the anterior chamber of the eye. This type of surgery is thought to lower IOP less than trabeculectomy but is preferred in patients whose IOP cannot be controlled with traditional surgery or who have previous scarring.
  • Non-penetrating Surgery Newer non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, which does not enter the anterior chamber of the eye, shows great result in minimizing postoperative complications and lowering the risk for infection. However, such surgery often requires a greater surgical acument and generally does not lower IOP as much as trabeculectomy.

Corneal Blindness: Corneal Blindness is a visual impairment that occurs from the cornea becoming clouded, scarred or any other infection that ultimately affects the transparency of cornea, making a person blind. It encompasses a range of eye diseases, injuries or infections that damages the corneal tissues leading to permanent blindness.

Corneal blindness can occur due to lesions affecting the cornea either in its entirety or in parts. Some of the common causes of corneal blindness are:

  • Deficiency of Vitamin A
  • The aftereffects or viral, fungal or bacterial infections
  • Congenital disease
  • Eye Trauma
  • Other traditional home remedies or medicines, which often damage eye instead of relieving pain orimproving vision.

Different Types Of Corneal Disease

  • Infections: Bacterial, fungal, or viral keratitis, as well as parasitic diseases
  • Trauma: Abrasions or exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Corneal dystrophies and degenerations: Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus
  • Autoimmune disorders: Wegener's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus
  • Nutritional deficiencies: Vitamin A deficiency
  • Allergies: Vernal and atopic keratoconjunctivitis
  • Growths: Pterygium or benign or malignant cancerous growths on the eye's surface

There are three important elements to addressing corneal blindness: prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

What Is The Treatment For Corneal Disease?

Treatment is tailored to the individual disease and the individual patient. Treatments might include medications, laser treatment, or surgery, depending on the condition.

Advanced Equipments

  • Femtolaser-Bladeless Lasik Surgery
  • FFA (Fundus Fluorescein Angiography)
  • VERION-Image Guided cataract surgery
  • Nidek Excimer Laser
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  • Oculus Pentacam HR
  • Ocular Coherance Tomographer-OCT

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Appeal - To join hands with the initiative against blindness

  • Together we can make a difference
  • Lets together restore vision to the blind
  • “Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya” - bestowing light in darkness.
  • Earnest appeal to the society to contribute in kind & money.

As a social responsibility, be a part of the blindness eradication initiative.

“In collaboration with local NGOs and well-wishers, we conduct cataract screening camps at peripheral and rural areas. Surgeries are performed free of cost or at subsidized cost. Those who are willing to Organize / Sponsor free (Cataract / Eye Screening) Camp can contact us.”


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