Visualiza is a leading eye hospital in Guatemala. Founded in 1997, Visualiza operates clinics in Guatemala City and the rural Petén that provide private care alongside free vision services for the poor. Visualiza has been refining its unique community-oriented low cost and free service system since 2002.
Visualiza prevents and cures blindness caused by major conditions including cataract and refractive error among others. Visualiza heads the Guatemala committee of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight (www.vision2020.org), a global program for the elimination of avoidable blindness sponsored by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Although Visualiza employs only 2% of the nation’s ophthalmologists, the organization performs over 20% of all cataract surgeries in Guatemala. Its efficiency and quality contributes toward Visualiza performing the highest number of surgeries of any Guatemalan institution. Visualiza is also the only institution in Guatemala that provides eye care screening for children.
Seva works with Visualiza to spread their model of universal access to service. In addition, through the TOMS partnership, Seva has augmented Visualiza’s existing support by contributing toward subsidized eye care services.
Click here to read a case study about the history of Visualiza and their work mentoring other hospitals in Latin America.