In Africa, more than 7 million people are needlessly blind due to an easily treated and preventable cause. 50% of these cases are cataracts, and 15% would benefit from glaucoma treatment—both very simple treatments. 60% of those affected by blindness in Africa are women.
Cataracts occur when the lens of an eye is cloudy and blocks
vision. In Africa and South America, this happens much faster due to sunlight.
Cataracts can be corrected with a 10-minute operation that only costs about
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, silently and painlessly stealing your vision over time. Africans are genetically predisposed to develop glaucoma. This disease, however, is easily screened and treated.
If it's so simple, why is it such a problem? In Africa and South
America, there are very few surgeons due to a lack of facilities and trained
support, as well as a lack of patients due to transit issues. We provide: