Restoring Sight, Restoring Lives
More than 80% of the world's 39 million blind could see again if only they had access to adequate care. That's why Seva supports local hospitals and clinics in providing free or low-cost eye exams, glasses, basic care and preventive education, with a special emphasis on cataract surgery. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness, yet is reversible with a relatively simple 15-minute operation.
Seva-supported programs performed over 85,000 sight-restoring surgeries this year, the majority of which were for cataract. With restored vision, patients and their caretakers have renewed opportunities for education and meaningful work. Because cataract surgery so quickly cures disabling blindness, the World Bank calls it one of the most cost effective health interventions.