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Telemedicine Startup Drishti Eye Care Raises Funding From Lok Capital
Drishti Eye Care has raised an undisclosed amount in its first round of funding from Lok Capital. The company plans to use the capital raised to extend its service to underserved geographies of Karnataka. Drishti provides eye care facilities to under-served population in small towns and villages, include eye check up, treatment for Cataract and Intraocular lens (IOL), Glaucoma, Squint eyes, Lasik and Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) for vision correction, corneal transplant, paediatric eye diseases, and uveitis among others.
The company offers these facilities through three different modes - primary eye care through telemedicine supported vision centres, screening camps and surgical care at district hospitals.
Telemedicine Vision Centres
Drishti stated that it sets up vision centres at existing general physician facilities in small towns and offers eye care services from its hospital over telemedicine, thereby skipping the necessity of setting up dedicated eye clinics in these regions and hiring trained opthalmologists for these clinics. However, there is no specific information on the company website on how these vision centres work, at the time of writing this article. We'll update with inputs from the company once we hear back from them.
According to a report by The Economic Times, the vision centre diagnoses the patients and sends a report to an opthalmologist present at a secondary care facility. Following this, the opthalmologist responds back to the centre with his assessment within 15 minutes of receiving the report.
The report also added that in cases where patients requires additional treatment, Dristi books an appointment with the ophthalmologist and takes cares of the patient's travel needs. Dristi currently has three telemedicine vision centres in Karnataka, including one at Devanahalli, Bagepalli and Vijaypura, and plans to open 10 centres by the end of 2013, as indicated by the report.
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