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Letter from the Executive Director

For four decades now, Seva has pursued the vision of a world free of avoidable blindness. We have been accelerating our impact with new approaches and can now report with confidence that our goal is, at last, in sight.

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Eyexcel Expands Eye Care Training Opportunities to Latin America

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Several eye hospitals in Latin American now have the expertise to more effectively train their eye care staff, thanks to a train-the-trainers course offered by Seva and partners this summer in Guatemala.

Allied Ophthalmic Personnel, or AOPs, include mid-level eye care workers like vision technicians, ophthalmic assistants, and counselors. AOPs play an essential role at eye hospitals that aim to provide efficient, high-quality, and financially sustainable eye care services.

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Celebrating World Sight Day with Cultural Exchange Trips:
SEVA DELEGATIONS AND AN EXPANDED TOMS PARTNERSHIP

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Eye care practitioners celebrate World Sight Day around the globe on the second Thursday of every October. In that spirit, Seva sent World Sight Day delegations to Nepal, India and Guatemala to engage directly with the communities where our partner organizations are active.

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CELEBRATING THE MEMORY OF DR. V

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OCTOBER 1, 2018 marked what would have been Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy's 100th birthday. Known as Dr. V, this widely-revered man founded and grew India's Aravind Eye Care System from an 11-bed facility in 1976 to what is today one of the largest networks of eye care facilities in the world.

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CREEPY CONTACT LENSES
Don't Use Illegal Colored Contacts This Halloween

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Whether donning blood-red eyes to complete your Halloween look or wanting to see what life's like with hazel eyes, you may have been tempted to buy a pair of colored contact lenses. These non-corrective lenses, popular with teenagers and Halloween party-goers, can be sold illegally online or through novelty shops. If purchased without a prescription and a proper fitting, costume contact lenses can cause corneal scratches, eye infections, or even irreversible vision loss.

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Macular Degeneration and Poor Sleep: Could Your Smartphone Be to Blame?

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People keep finding more and more uses for their smartphones, from browsing online to watching movies. But an increasing body of evidence, including a recent study by the University of Toledo, shows that the blue light emitted by our smartphones may pose health risks.

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