A grandfather in orange with his granddaughter, post surgery, in pink. She is wearing an eye patch

Avoidable blindness

Imagine losing your sight in one of the poorest regions in the world. Where would you turn for help? With few quality eye doctors, hospitals or clinics, your chances of getting the right kind of care are small. As your sight gets worse, your chances of getting an education or earning a steady income evaporate.

The problem

This is the reality facing millions of people around the world today. Shockingly, 75% of all visual impairment can be prevented or treated. That means that out of the 253 million people estimated to be blind or visually impaired in the world, a staggering 190 million could be able to see today if they had received surgery or glasses - the kind of care that many take for granted.

With your help and the support of our amazing volunteers, we can not only give people their sight back today, but help change the quality of ophthalmologists and build a lasting legacy of quality eye care that will ensure no one goes needlessly blind tomorrow.

Imagine the world around you in darkness.

Orbis, along with our dedicated volunteers and partners, has played a significant role in the global blindness prevention community's efforts to decrease worldwide visual impairment. Thanks to the community's hard work visual impairment has been declining since the 1990s - but there's still a long way to go in the fight against avoidable blindness.

Eliminating avoidable blindness is one of the most cost effective ways of fighting poverty. For every $1 invested in blindness prevention, more than $4 is returned in economic terms.

But of course, people are not just statistics. At Orbis, we believe everyone deserves the same opportunity to see the sun rise in the morning, regardless of where they are born.


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