The training of local people is perhaps the single most important way we can ensure that in time, underserved communities have access to high quality eye care services from within. Sadly, there is a severe shortage of eye care workers in the parts of the world where they are most needed.
Unfortunately, for many people with vision problems in underserved communities, it is not as easy as walking into a local optometrist for an eye exam as optometry did not exist there as a profession until recently. In some countries today there are no local eye care centres.
Uncorrected refractive error (URE), the need for an eye exam & a pair of glasses, is the number 1 cause of visual impairment*. We mobilize resources from the optical community & their patients to help the more than 600 million people who are blind or vision impaired due to URE.
By raising money though optometrists, optical companies and people who value good vision we have been able to disburse over US$22 million in more than 117 sustainable eye care projects in 39 countries since 2007.
These projects have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of individuals, provided vital support to community education and advocacy activities to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and promoted the role of the Optometrist as primary eye care provider.
These projects have also helped to:
To date, our donors have assisted projects in:
Afghanistan; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Cameroon; Cambodia; China; Colombia; East Timor; El Salvador; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Ghana; Haiti; India; Indigenous Australia; Malawi; Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal; Nicaragua; Peru; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sumba; Tanzania; Thailand; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States; Vietnam; Zambia.