Prevention and cure
Sightsavers works to both cure people who have reversible eye conditions and prevent people from becoming needlessly blind. One of the key ways of doing this is by training local eye care experts and volunteers.
Although cataract is found all over the world, getting treatment for it is much more difficult in developing countries, and it affects children as well as adults.
Millions of people are still going needlessly blind in the developing world from preventable diseases such as river blindness and trachoma, and in children, Vitamin A deficiency.
Training eye care workers
One of the most challenging aspects of eye care is the severe shortage of trained staff. Since the 1980s, Sightsavers has been tackling the shortage of eye care personal by working with local partners to train staff at all levels.