It may surprise you to learn that one of the biggest causes of blindness is due to “poor eye health-seeking behaviour.” This term refers to people who have eye problems but don’t seek medical attention.
We know education and awareness are needed to address these barriers. It should come as no surprise that prevention is an important aspect of our work. Screening for eye problems can ensure that they’ll be caught early, while simple supplementation with vitamin A can stop childhood blindness.
We work to prevent eye problems through our innovative Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Program. We train local community health workers to provide information about eye health and general health, and to go door-to-door to screen residents for eye problems. When they find someone with an eye problem, they refer the patient to the appropriate level of care, and ensure that she or he receives transportation, financial assistance or whatever is required to get the care they need.
Do you want to help us prevent avoidable blindness?