Thulasiraj Ravilla is the executive director of the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, helping eye-care hospitals around the world build capacity to prevent blindness.

Why you should listen

As director of the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Opthalmology, Thulasiraj Ravilla is helping to promulgate the Aravind Eye Care System's exam, diagnosis and treatment model to find culturally relevant solutions to the problem of avoidable blindness throughout India, and throughout the world.

Ravilla serves as chair of the Southeast Asian arm of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and is head of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative for the elimination of blindness. He developed the LAICO-Aravind Eye Hospital Care System, and continues to lead it.

What others say

“When you grow in spiritual consciousness, we identify with all that is in the world so there is no exploitation. It is ourselves we are helping. It is ourselves we are healing.” — Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder, Aravind Eye Care System

Thulasiraj Ravilla’s TED talks

Thulasiraj Ravilla on the TED Blog

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How low-cost eye care can be world-class: Thulasiraj Ravilla on TED.com

December 10, 2009

India’s revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services. (Recorded at TEDIndia, November 2009, Mysore, India. Duration: 17:27) Twitter URL: http://on.ted.com/290K Watch Thulasiraj Ravilla’s talk […]

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Quotes from Thulasiraj Ravilla

I think the eyeball is the same, [in] an American or African. The problem is the same, the treatment is the same. Yet why should there be so much variation in quality and in service?
Thulasiraj Ravilla
TEDIndia 2009 • 247K views Dec 2009
Inspiring, Ingenious