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Eye surgery for the poor

<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. From a rented house with 11 beds in 1976, Aravind, whose mission is to eliminate needless blindness, has grown into a network of hospitals and clinics that provides eye examinations, surgery by keeping its costs extremely low and by subsidizing care for poor people through fees for paying customers and the sale of eye-care products.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. From a...more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. From a rented house with 11 beds in 1976, Aravind, whose mission is to eliminate needless blindness, has grown into a network of hospitals and clinics that provides eye examinations, surgery by keeping its costs extremely low and by subsidizing care for poor people through fees for paying customers and the sale of eye-care products. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Villagers undergo eye examinations at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Villagers undergo eye examinations at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. ...more

Villagers undergo eye examinations at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.   REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. ...more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals....more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.   REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. ...more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Medics perform an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010.   REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Medics perform an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Medics perform an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A medic performs an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A medic performs an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

A medic performs an eye operation on a patient in an operation theatre of a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A patient is wheeled out after an eye operation at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A patient is wheeled out after an eye operation at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard...more

A patient is wheeled out after an eye operation at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 4, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Patients with their eyes bandaged sit after their cataract surgeries at a hospital of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. ...more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals.   REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. ...more

A villager undergoes an eye examination at a camp organised by Aravind Eye Care System in a village outside Madurai, in India's Tamil Nadu state March 3, 2010 to screen for eye problems which will then be treated at one of their hospitals. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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