Almost 90 percent of people affected with vision impairment live in developing countries, where not being able to see often means a life of poverty – or worse. It's nearly impossible to work, to feed yourself, or to meet your basic needs when you can't see.
Yet most vision impairment can be prevented or cured. In fact, more than half of the world's blindness is caused by cataracts, a condition that can be reversed with a 15-minute surgery.
When you give someone the gift of sight, you're not just helping one person to see again; you're supporting an entire community. When one person regains sight, the rest of that person's family can concentrate on work, school, improving their home lives, and helping others in need.
Last year, donors like you have helped provide:
pairs of life-changing glasses for children
ophthalmic support staff trained
community health workers trained