Corneal blindness can be profoundly devastating, particularly for people living in developing countries.
In these communities, blindness often comes with the inability to be educated or provide for your families. And takes a huge social and emotional toll on the suffering—feelings of shame, dishonor and hopelessness.
Often disenfranchised in the developing world, women face additional roadblocks when their vision fails. Their opportunities for advancement are minimal, making them more dependent on their male-dominated societies.
Blindness makes it impossible for many of those affected to work. Their financial dependence can cripple families and stifle local economies.
When children can’t read or see the blackboard at school, their education is compromised. Without the right skills, their future success is limited.
Restoring sight means people go back to work and contribute to their communities. Women get better jobs and can take care of their families, securing their independence. Kids go back to school, learning so that they can succeed.
98% of the corneal blind live in developing countries. A standard operation—a corneal transplant—can transform their lives. The primary barriers to getting them help are:
At SightLife, we’ve made it our responsibility to build the most effective local eye bank programs around the world. (Eye banks are facilities where donated corneal tissue is evaluated, prepared and distributed.) Improving operations improves the chances of more available corneal tissue.
Together, SightLife and SightLife Surgical are the largest provider of corneas for transplant in the world with deep experience in all aspects of eye banking and corneal transplantation. We share best practices with communities worldwide to provide leadership and infrastructure for local programs. By partnering with new and existing eye banks, we’re able to provide—at no charge—training, resources and an efficient, comprehensive set of tools to help build capacity to meet the area’s needs.
Working with partners in more than 30 countries, SightLife and SightLife Surgical are increasing access to care and the number of corneal transplants performed each year to transform millions of lives around the globe.
Teaching eye banks how to operate more efficiently and effectively.
Partnering with hospital staff to increase the number of corneas donated.
Training more surgeons and technicians on the latest transplant techniques.