Lack of awareness about eye health remains a major barrier to people getting the care they need. Seva supports community outreach and education programs to spread awareness of available eye care services. Seva’s eye health education programs focus on nutrition, eye injury prevention, and personal hygiene through our network of local eye care providers, fieldworkers, female community health volunteers, savings groups, teachers and others who can help spread the word about preventing eye disease and available services.
Seva has provided surgery to restore the eyesight of 3.5 million people around the globe over the past 35 years.
With restored sight, adults can return to work and provide for their families, parents can care for their children, and children can attend school again.
Our comprehensive approach expands community programs and provides free or low-cost eye exams, surgery, prescription glasses, and medical treatment to those who cannot afford the cost of services. Seva provides support to poor patients and their families so that no one is turned away for their inability to pay for treatment. We increase the reach of eye care services by establishing vision centers in remote areas. These centers have direct links to hospitals that can provide additional eye care.
Seva also funds outreach programs in underserved communities to refer patients needing eye glasses or medical treatment to the nearest hospital, and at times paying for their transportation to ensure that people are able to access the care they need.
In parts of the world that are particularly isolated, mobile surgical eye camps are an important way for people to access needed eye care. Seva supports mobile teams of doctors and support staff who travel to remote rural areas to provide outreach and education, diagnostic screening, and sight restoring surgeries to people in need.
American Indian Sight Initiative
Seva supports eye care around the world, as well as here in the United States, with a focus on American Indian populations. Our American Indian Sight Initiative focuses on providing free eye examinations and glasses to school children, training American Indian vision technicians, and improving access to diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment.
AIDS Eye Initiative
Seva has helped to save the eye sight of people living with AIDS in multiple countries. By training frontline AIDS doctors in a special examiniation technique, patients receive early diagnosis and improved management of AIDS-related CMV retinitis, TB, and other opportunistic infections. This reduces mortality and blindness for the patients. The AIDS Eye Initiative is developing a model for this innovation in AIDS clinical care. It also documents the evidence-base and methods by which this innovation can be scaled up in resource poor countries.