Where We Work: United States

About American Indians
5.2 million spread across the United States1

Blindness Prevalence:
90,700 American Indians2

Our Work Here
Date started working here:

What we do:
Prevent & Treat Blindness

Our Partners:
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

1Norris, Tina , Paula L. Vines, and Elizabeth M. Hoeffel. "The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010." United States Census Bureau, 1 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2014.

2“Statistical Facts about Blindness in the United States in 2011.” National Federation of the Blind. Web. 15 May 2014.
Charlton's Story
A student at SIPI, Charlton is studying Vision Technology as a way to stabilize his professional life while giving back to the community. In partnership with the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Seva is training the next generation of eye care professionals and bringing eye care to Native American communities.Watch the Video

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American Indian Sight Initiative


Seva's American Indian Sight Initiative focuses on the most common and treatable eye health issues found in American Indian communities. We work with our partners to increase access to eye screenings, eyeglasses and diabetes-related eye care.

There is a higher rate of astigmatism among American Indian children than other children in the United States. The high prevalence of this type of refractive error is compounded by the critical level of rural poverty within most American Indian reservations. Seva works with American Indian Partners to overcome barriers to basic eye care for rural and low-income communities. Seva and our Partners work together to eliminate these barriers by conducting needs assessments, exploring sustainable ways to provide care, and training local providers so they can work within their own communities.

With Seva's help, our local partners work to increase community outreach, conduct screening for children and the elderly, and provide affordable prescription glasses. Seva supports the training of mid-level eye care professionals in high-need communities, provides necessary equipment to eye care professionals and supports our partners needs so they can continue to provide high-quality eye health services with universal access in mind.


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