Eye health is a key part of a person’s overall health and quality of life.
Whether you live in one of our countries of work across Africa and South Asia, or in a developed country like Canada, we believe everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable eye health care.
Inequity in access to health services – including vision care – is a global problem. It’s connected to a host of other issues, including poverty, gender inequality, inadequate access to clean water and malnutrition.
Loss of sight can have devastating consequences for individuals, families and entire communities, especially in areas and communities that are medically underserved. Vision loss isolates children from their peers and often prevents them from attending or excelling at school. For adults, it can impact a person’s ability to work, care for their family and build social connections.
There is good news: an astonishing 90 percent of vision loss can be prevented or cured.
By partnering with communities, together we are making avoidable blindness a thing of the past.
There are many other causes of avoidable blindness, including Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and childhood blindness (such as vitamin A deficiency).
These are just a few of the causes of blindness. To see how you can help Operation Eyesight prevent blindness, click here.