SSDC, in a pioneering movement started organizing awareness campaigning in Sundarban region on eye health and eye care. In July 2002, SSDC in partnership with Sight Savers International (SSI) started Community Eye Health Project. On 31st August 2004 with the active support of SSI, the Eye Hospital was inaugurated by the former Health Minister of Govt. of West Bengal Mr. Suryakanta Mishra with 10 beds at SSDC campus with a mission to provide quality eye care services to the weaker sections of the society at affordable costs and easy accessibility through reaching the unreached places with the help of our mobile boats. Our goal is to eradicate avoidable blindness in the district of South 24 Parganas and to improve eye health service delivery in the project area by reaching out to 4.5 million people.
The base hospital, which was awarded by the National Eye Award in 2007 & Eye Health Hero Award in 2017, is well equipped with modern instruments and state of the art facilities with a patient friendly environment, hospitality and clinical follow ups to reach at door steps. The hospital has been rendering a bucket of services like cataract surgery with medicines & black spectacles, pathological investigation, biometry test, check up by physician before surgery etc. under one roof. In addition to that, SSDC has developed a community based process of continuous awareness & knowledge sharing on health issues, especially eye care. At present, the 50 bedded SSDC Eye Hospital offers access to affordable eye care to all regardless of their socio-economic status.