Raise Awareness!

Raise awareness of the issues of preventable blindness.  So many eye issues go undiagnosed and untreated, especially amongst the most vulnerable and poor.  And not treating the problems can lead to a lifetime of blindness.

Global Childhood Eye Health Statistics from Unite for Sight:

  • An estimated 1.4 million children are blind, 320,000 of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa (World Health Organization. Preventing blindness in children. Report of a WHO/IAPB scientific meeting. WHO/PBL/00.77. Geneva: WHO, 2000)
  • The global financial cost of childhood blindness (based on the loss of future earning capacity) is thought to be between US$6 billion and $27 billion (Smith, AF and Smith, JG. The economic burden of global blindness: a price too high! Br J Ophthalmol 1996;80:276-7)
  • Worldwide, up to 70% of childhood blindness may be preventable (Rahi et al. Measuring the burden of childhood blindness. Br J Ophthalmol. 1999 Apr;83(4):387-8)
  • In developing countries, it is believed that 60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years (Lewallen, S and Courtright, P. Blindness in Africa: present situation and future needs. Br J Ophthalmol. 2001 Aug;85(8):897-903)

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  1. my daughter was 9months old when her doctor saw a problem with her eyes. he sent us on to our familyveye doctor he took a look and refered us on to the only specialist who is in the usa that does what he does and hes at wolf eye clinic im greatly appriciated for him because he saw something i never would have known my daughter is the only one so far in the world that has this its optic nerve coloboma its where the optic nerve never formed right. shes completly blind on her right side and can only see out of her left eye.

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