So Why Sight?​

Those of us who can see, take vision for granted. But vision is the most dominant of our senses, and it plays a critical role in every facet and stage of our lives. Without it, we struggle to learn to walk, to read, to participate in school and to make a living through work.

Clear sight improves all aspects of life. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), restoring sight is one of the most cost effective health interventions to reduce poverty.

Scale of our fight

1 billion

People have near-vision impairments that can be corrected with reading glasses

253 Million

People are blind or visually impaired


36 million

People are blind. The leading cause of this is cataracts

Clear sight changes everything

Poverty

People living in poverty are more likely to become blind because they’re unable to access and afford healthcare. Access to eye health care breaks the cycle of poverty, as restored vision allows people to work and provide for their families again.

Stigma

There are often negative stigmas associated with blindness, which further alienates those suffering, from their communities. Regaining sight removes significant social disadvantages, like losing social standing and decision-making authority.

Mobility

75% of visually impaired people need assistance with everyday tasks. Often, that means children become their parent’s caretakers. But when these parents regain their sight, they can fall back into their natural roles and reclaim their independence.

Education

When a child is freed from taking care of their parents, they can attend school and escape the poverty cycle. Our school programmes also give children access to free eye care, because children who can see do better in school.

How do we fight for sight?​

With our strategically located health centres, we work with local communities, hospitals and government agencies to make preventable sight loss a thing of the past. We even send dedicated teams to people who live in remote areas that are hard to reach.

Access to eye health care, changed
the lives of Mohammed, Shams, Toma & Hawa

Here’s how you can help

You could do nothing. Or, you could:

Leave a legacy

Change the future of generations of people and communities by including Al Basar in your will.

Join an event

From mountain trekking to marathon running, join us for an exciting event and help raise funds for our projects.

Become a corporate partner

Use your power and resources for good. Help us in the fight against treatable and avoidable sight loss.