Eyesight: Seeing is living
Losing sight is terrible anywhere in the world, but in developing countries like Cambodia and Laos, it has incomparable consequences. If one parent or grandparent goes blind, the family childcare system can collapse quickly, and the care of the children is no longer guaranteed. Moreover, people who bring income and other benefits into households can no longer do so, often causing families to slide into poverty.
Protecting eyes with sunglasses, improving vision with eyeglasses, and returning eyesight with cataract surgery are vitally important for self-sufficiency, security and education. Since 2012, we have been committed to improving eye care in rural Cambodia and Laos by providing free eye screenings, eyeglasses, sunglasses and cataract surgeries. We do this in coordination with volunteer opticians and doctors, along with assistance from local authorities.
Eyesight in Detail
Our volunteer eye specialists explain the importance of wearing sunglasses, and we distribute them free of charge.
If we find an operable eye disease (usually cataracts), we clarify it with another eye specialist, arrange the operation, organize the transport of the patient and one accompanying person, finance the meals for both persons for three days, provide reading glasses and sunglasses, and follow-up care. Not only has a human being been given a great gift—the gift of sight—but, in all probability, a whole household has benefited.