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Ending avoidable blindness Ending avoidable blindness

Ending avoidable blindness

Many people are blind because they don’t have access to quality and affordable eye health. Since The Foundation began, we’ve restored sight to millions of people – often with a simple, 20 minute operation.
Helping the avoidably blind Helping the avoidably blind

Helping the avoidably blind

Of the 36 million people in the world who are blind, many don't have to be. Eye diseases like cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy lead to permanent blindness when often, the conditions are treatable or preventable.

The Foundation supports eye exams and operations for eye conditions like cataract and trachoma, and distributes glasses for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford treatment.
Training Training


Fred believed that training and empowering local people was the key to sustainable change. The Foundation trains doctors, nurses and health care workers so they can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities.
Research & Technology Research & Technology

Research & Technology

With our growing knowledge and understanding of eye diseases through research and technology, we can create solutions that are more effective at restoring sight to even more people – and end avoidable blindness, faster.
Education Education


Achieving long-term change means addressing attitudes and misconceptions about eye health. We work with governments to develop evidence-based national eye health plans, and work with our partners and local communities to raise awareness about eye health and encourage people of all ages to have regular eye exams.