There are 45 million blind people in the world, and 80% of all blindness is preventable or curable. The major barriers to eye care in developing countries include education and awareness, expense, distance and transportation, as well as poor quality of services by untrained or under-trained doctors.
You can make a significant, meaningful, tangible impact in the lives of children and adults worldwide. Each cataract surgery completey restores someone's sight in approximately 15-30 minutes, and the cost of the surgery in Chennai, India is $100. Every dollar donated makes a tremendous impact on the lives of children and adults. Unite For Sight's volunteers work as support staff with eye clinics in Africa and Asia. The clinic's eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery. Unite For Sight funds the surgeries for those patients unable to afford eye care. This partnership between Unite For Sight volunteers and eye clinics enables sustainable programs while simultaneously reducing the barriers to health care, including financial, transportation, cultural, and education hindrances.