Luke Memorial Eye Hospital was established in 1986 as a charitable Hospital in association with  The society of St. Vincent De Paul Netherlands And The Sight Savers (Royal Common Wealth Society for the Blind) U.K. 42 million people in this world are blind, In India there are 13.5 million blind people – that is, almost one third of the total blind in the world is in India. 75% of these blind cases are curable.  It is in this context, that the idea of a charitable hospital came from our friend Dr.A.Q.C.Van Ruiten, National President of the Society of St.Vincent De Paul, Netherlands. Dr. A.Q.C.Van Ruiten of SSVP, Netherlands was closely associated with Luke Memorial Eye Hospital from the very inception of this institution. He was instrumental in making available highly sophisticated equipments and financial support to this hospital. SSVP - Netherlands also help us in all our charitable projects. The Society of St.Vincent De Paul, Netherlands generously extend their guidance and s upport to Luke Memorial Eye Hospital towards the common goal of eradicating needless blindness. Luke Memorial Eye Hospital greatly treasures our partnership with The Society of St.Vincent De Paul, Netherlands. An eye hospital with a missionary spirit. An eye hospital that would bring the best eye care for the rich and the poor wtih love and compassion. Luke Memorial Eye Hospital stands for this mission. Late Sri. M. L. LUKE  He was a visionary, a pioneer, a philanthropist and above all a very warm and understanding individual. He was close to the heart of all of us. He inspired our lives with his personality. Now he is lost to us. We will live up to his values and vision. Late DR. A.Q.C. VAN RUITEN Doctorate in law and sociology from University of Leiden-Netherlands. Professional 1957-1972 - Secretary General National Council, Society of St.Vincent De Paul, Netherlands. 1972-1990 - Co-Director, Physical Planning Department of Government, Western Province. Zuid-Holland. Senior Government adviser. 1990-1996 - Private management Consultant & Legal adviser Social  1948 - on wards- Active member and office bearer, National & Inter National Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Was active as Board member /Office bearer in a large number of social organisations in Netherlands. Decorations  1972  Knight in the order of St.Gregory by the Pope. 1992  Officer in the order of ORANGE-NASSAU by the Queen of The Netherlands. Dr. A.Q.C.Van Ruiten passed away on January 18th 2006.                   . His life was an inspiration, his memory is a benediction.  Late Mrs. JEANNETTE VAN RUITEN Our beloved Patron  passed away on July 28, 2000. Every time you touched our hearts with a little act of love, of inspiration, of encouragement, you made yourself immortal. For you live on, in our memories, our beliefs and in our actions.  Late TJITS NIJST AND JOSE NIJST