What do an eye hospital in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Google founder Larry Page have in common? Quite simply, the future of eyecare.
In 2006, Page flew down to the south Indian temple town to stitch what was then deemed a mere “long-term working relationship” with Aravind Eye Care. Google didn’t have to do much initially. It trained doctors and other staff in IT and assisted the hospital with its distance education programme. But soon after, the two partners put their heads together to solve one of the most pressing problems in eyecare—prevention of blindness.