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.