One of India's leading eye hospitals, Narayana Nethralaya has announced a tie up with Toronto based Hospital for Sick Children in a step to expand its research for the treatment of retinoblastoma.
Retinoblastoma is a pediatric eye cancer that affects children below 5 years of age. According to latest statistics, the cancer affects one child in 15,000 with the most common symptom being a white shine in one of the eye lenses.
Dr. K Bhujang Shetty, who is the chairman of Narayana Nethralaya, said that one of the major aims of this agreement was to make sure that lack of finances will not come in the way of both the doctors and the parents in treating this disease.
"The agreement is a major step in management of children's eye cancer in India. The aim of the 25-year-old institute is that no child with vision and life threatening eye diseases will be turned away for want of finances", he said.