Why Eye Care?
Caring for our eyes is an essential part of health. But too often, our eyes don’t receive the attention they deserve. Many people do not have the means to access the eye care they need, and there are many places around the world where quality eye care is not even available. The absence of eye care has an enormous impact on individuals and societies, resulting in more than $400 billion in lost productivity every year.1 The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Many devastating eye conditions such as glaucoma are treatable or, in the case of cataract blindness, even preventable. When eye health conditions are left unchecked, they can lead to bigger problems for our eyes and overall health.
The unmet need for quality eye care remains acute globally. We have the tools to make a difference. But without experts, partners and people on the ground who are trained and equipped to make a difference, people’s eyes and health will continue to suffer needlessly.
We know that the need is bigger than any one organization can address. We understand that the problem requires more than just additional money, supplies or equipment. The only way to make quality eye care more available and accessible is by cultivating self-sustaining eye health ecosystems.
Services, Systems and Talent
We’re enabling vital services for vulnerable populations around the world so that everyone has access to quality eye care.
We’re equipping hospitals and clinics with resources to create permanent, comprehensive local eye care systems that improve quality of life and economic mobility.
We’re empowering our partners to make a difference by helping them develop talent – diverse eye care teams of doctors, nurses and technicians – to meet global eye health needs.
- “The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020,” The Lancet Global Health Commission, Volume 9, Issue 4, E489-E551, April 01, 2021.