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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 more than 2.5 million people – often with a simple, 20 minute operation.
What is avoidable blindness? What is avoidable blindness?

What is avoidable blindness?

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.

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.

Advocacy Advocacy


Change through social activism was something close to Fred's heart. Our advocacy work is all about working with governments, our partners and local communities in achieving long term change.