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Eye health

A health worker examines a woman's eyes.

New figures show more than a billion people have avoidable vision impairment

The statistics feature in the World Health Organization's first World Report on Vision, published ahead of World Sight Day.

October 2019
Mercia laughs and celebrates with a trachoma surgery patient after her bandages have been removed.

Mercia’s story

Mercia, from Mozambique, has worked at Sightsavers for nine years, and is determined to make sure everyone can get good-quality eye care.

Selben smiles with a group of health staff in Nigeria.

Selben’s story

Selben is an ophthalmologist who works for Sightsavers in Kaduna, Nigeria. She manages our programmes and makes sure people are treated for potentially blinding eye conditions.

A woman with a bandaged eye and a girl smiling

Sightsavers launches eye health programme in Tanzania

Sightsavers is launching a three-year programme to provide quality eye care to rural populations in the Morogoro and Singida regions.

October 2019
Postan outside with a smile on his face

Postan’s story

Opthalmic nurse Postan Phiri is a popular figure in the communities he visits in rural Zambia, referring patients with cataracts for sight-saving surgery.

Lovemore on a swing smiling after his operation

A childhood restored and a future secured

In eastern Zambia, Sightsavers’ Corinna May met nine-year-old Lovemore and saw his amazing transformation following sight-saving cataract surgery.

September 2019
Ruby Hammer using a tablet to test the cataract simulator.

Celebrities experience the effects of cataracts using Sightsavers simulator

Broadcaster Fiona Phillips, TV doctor Dr Sara Kayat and celebrity make-up artist Ruby Hammer tried the simulator as part of a push to raise awareness about sight loss.

September 2019
A student covers one eye during an eye test at a school in India.

How we’re training teachers to spot blinding eye conditions

Mr Aahiswar is head teacher at Rangai Middle School in central India. He has been trained to screen students for vision problems so children can get the life-changing help they need.

Sightsavers India launches fellowship programme for young ophthalmologists

The programme will take 10 trainees through a course of mentorship and practical work, to enable them to improve their skills and give them a taste of rural eye health work in India.

July 2019
Two surgeons at work in the operating theatre at Mymensingh hospital. They're wearing green scrubs.

The hospital in Bangladesh that’s restoring sight and changing lives

Robbie Peacock and Ciara Smullen travelled to the northern town of Mymensingh to visit a hospital that is saving the sight of thousands of people a year.

July 2019
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