A Step Back into the Light - Wacker Chemie AG

A Step Back into the Light

Wacker Metroark regularly organizes free eye tests and health checks for impoverished Indians. Participants receive glasses and referrals for cataract surgery.

Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (WMC), a joint venture between WACKER and Indian silicone manufacturer Metroark, has been holding Health & Eye Camps once or twice per year since 2008. At this event at the end of last year, some 600 men and women from neighboring communities – most of whom were impoverished – had their eyes tested and underwent a health check free of charge. After conducting the tests, the eye specialists gave 410 participants prescriptions for glasses and 71 people referrals to hospital for cataract surgery. Cataracts occur particularly frequently in developing countries due to malnutrition or cooking on an open hearth, which is common there.

After the eye tests, 410 participants received vouchers for glasses.

“We are very proud that our small but committed team at Wacker Metroark has managed to put together an action day like this for the ninth time, notwithstanding the limited financial and organizational resources,” says Soumitra Mukherjee, managing director of the Indian joint venture. “The fact that we handed out free glasses to two thirds of the participants and enabled many people to have cataract surgery has surely had a very lasting beneficial impact on the quality of life of all affected.”

Simple Procedures

In addition to eye tests, the organizers offered a general health check, which included a blood test and an ECG. Cataract surgery – one of the most common and simplest procedures performed by eye specialists – was then carried out at the prestigious Susrut Eye Foundation hospital on two consecutive days. The costs amounting to 6,500 rupees (€90) per procedure were borne by WMC.