India has the largest number of people with visual disability in the world. The estimated figure is around twelve million. Malnutrition due to poverty, and diseases like glaucoma etc., are the main cause for the blindness in India. The Government of India through various health care programs is trying to address these problems. However, there is much still to be done.
In rural India, blindness is a social stigma. As a result, the blind are ignored by the family and society. Neglected, they take to begging or peddling small value items for their livelihood. Frustrated, they live a life in loneliness - without much hope.