iSight Missions is a nonprofit charity that provides impoverished persons access to sustainable, affordable, quality eye care and vision-restoring surgeries, and trains eye care providers worldwide. These interventions are cost-effective solutions to reverse poverty & promote
the fundamental right to sight.
WHY CATARACT SURGERY?
Unoperated cataracts are an important cause of low vision and the leading cause of blindness which is cured by a 30-minute surgery.
According to the World Health Organization: Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which initially prevents clear vision and eventually progresses to blindness if left untreated. Although most cases of cataract are related to the aging process, occasionally children can be born with this condition, or a cataract may develop after eye injuries, inflammation, and some other eye diseases. The treatment of cataract is surgical and very successful in restoring sight. The opaque lens is removed and replaced by an artificial intraocular lens. Although cataracts can be surgically removed, in many remote parts of the developing world barriers exist that prevent access to this surgery.
The World Health Organization estimates:
- 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide
- 246 million have low vision and 39 million are blind
- Unoperated cataracts cause 33 percent of visual impairment and 50 percent of blindness worldwide
- 19 million children are visually impaired
- 90 percent of visually impaired persons live in developing countries
80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured!
OUR IMPACT: 2018 GLOBAL REPORT
EXAMINATIONS --> over 3,000 (3068 and counting!)
SURGERIES --> over 1,000 (1035 and counting!)
TRAINED --> over 500 physicians, ophthalmic assistants and nurses
IMPROVED LIVES --> COUNTLESS! Each surgery has more than 6 orders of subsequent impact.
The World Health Organization estimates: Over 7 million people become blind every year. One person becomes blind every 5 seconds. One child becomes blind every minute.
Close your eyes for 5 seconds. Darkness surrounds you. Imagine a life in darkness.
Blindness is usually an insurmountable burden on the individual as well as their family and community with no or few resources to care for their needs so many people suffering from impaired vision go hungry. Unable to care for themselves, they usually require a family member often a child to care for them all day instead of attending school which deprives the child's advancement and prolongs their family cycle of poverty. In developing countries, children born with congenital cataracts require surgery or frequently they will spend their entire lives as blind beggars.
After corrective eye surgery, persons with low vision and blind persons are able to resume their independent lives, relieving their families of their previous need for care. These families become more productive which has an economic multiplier effect to the benefit of their entire
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