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Eye health

The eye diseases we work to eliminate are some of the most devastating in the world. However, many can be treated or prevented – an incredible injustice when so many millions of people who can’t see, also can’t access help.

The eye

Before you can truly understand eye diseases, it helps to learn a little about the eye itself. Despite being small, it’s a complex, important and extremely hardworking organ that we often take for granted.

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Cataract

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. However, it's most often treatable: a simple 20 minute operation can restore someone’s sight. Sadly, millions are unable to access treatment. This is what we’re working to fix.

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Every eye is an eye. When you are doing surgery there, that is just as important as if you were doing eye surgery on the prime minister or the king. Every eye is an eye. When you are doing surgery there, that is just as important as if you were doing eye surgery on the prime minister or the king.

Every eye is an eye. When you are doing surgery there, that is just as important as if you were doing eye surgery on the prime minister or the king.

- Fred Hollows
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Trachoma

229 million people in developing countries are at risk of being infected by this crippling and devastating disease. Without medical treatment,  the eyelashes turn inwards, excruciatingly destroying the eye, and eventually, causing irreversible blindness.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Thanks to changing diets and lifestyles, diabetes is becoming a global epidemic. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by diabetes and can result in irreversible damage to the eye and permanent blindness. It will impact people in developing countries the most, putting a huge strain on already under resourced health systems.

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Childhood blindness

Many eye diseases in children can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated. This is a significant problem in developing countries because many families don’t have access to basic eye health services. Research shows a child a minute goes blind, so early intervention is critical.

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Glossary of Eye Conditions

From astigatism to Vitamin A deficiency, we've prepared a list of common eye conditions. Find out the effect of different eye conditions and what can be done about them. 

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