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Protecting sight

Sightsavers aims to prevent avoidable blindness and save the sight of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

A boy in Zanzibar wears special specs to have his eyes tested.

Worldwide, 36 million people are blind, but 75 per cent of this sight loss can be cured or prevented.

We protect sight by providing eye operations for people who need them, and training eye care workers and surgeons to provide sight-saving treatment.

Through community volunteers, we also distribute medication to protect people from blinding diseases in some of the world’s poorest countries.

A boy covers one eye with his hand during an eye test.

How do our eyes work?

Our eyes are responsible for four‑fifths of all the information our brain receives. The images we see are made up of light reflected from the objects we look at, and the light is then turned into signals that the brain can understand.

More about our eyes

Learn about our work to fight blinding trachoma

The End is in Sight campaign

You can change lives for the better

I would like to make a donation

Could pay towards a cataract operation to give a child back their sight.

Could pay for trachoma operations to stop two people going blind.

Could pay for treatment to prevent 720 families losing their sight to river blindness.

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Could protect or treat 70 people for trachoma.

Could pay for river blindness treatment for 300 families.

Could pay towards a cataract operation to give a child back their sight.

$
We're sorry, but the minimum donation we can take is $3
We're sorry, but we cannot process a donation of this size online. Please contact us on [email protected] for assistance donating over $15,000

Learn about our work to save sight