Saving sight

Researching eye health across India

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Saving Sight in India.

The people of India suffer from one of the highest levels of blindness and visual impairment in the world. Rural poverty and the lack of access to clean water are major contributors to the problem - with few people in rural areas having access to eye care facilities. Research has shown that many eye conditions that were treatable in their early stages were left untreated leading to sight impairment and blindness. Cataracts remain the leading cause of visual impairment despite having the most cost effective treatment on offer. Children, in particular, suffer from the lack of eye treatment and most blind children do not survive beyond the age of five.

I have worked on eye care in various areas of India as part of my global work on saving sight.