Why Sight?

89% of vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries.

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

Stigma

Stigma

Poverty

Poverty

Education

Education

Mobility

Mobility

After developing cataracts and losing his sight in both eyes, Mohammed felt isolated and unable to make decisions for his family and community. Eventually, he lost his office job and could no longer provide for his wife and children.

Our specialist medical team was able to treat Mohammed’s cataracts, and he regained his sight within hours of operation. Now he can see, he’s gradually regaining his social status.

52 year old Shams was a driver for a pharmaceutical company until he started to lose his sight due to cataract in one eye. Unable to pay for an operation, he lost his job.

His unfortunate circumstances change when he showed up at Al Basar's cataract outreach clinic, where he received the operation free of charge.

He is now back at his old job and is able to provide for his family.

 Toma was born with congenital cataracts. Her family wanted to help her but they couldn’t afford the surgery she needed – that is until the Al Basar’s medical team went to her village in Sudan and provided the sight restoring surgery she needed for free.

Now that she has a second chance at life, Toma has dreams of being able to read.

With no children of her own, 80-year-old Habiba was completely dependent on her sister. Unable to pay for the cataract surgery she needed, her sight worsened over a four-year period.

Thanks to an Al Basar outreach clinic, Habiba received free treatment that restored her sight.

With her new-found independence, she’s the happiest she’s been in years and she’s free to explore her district again.

Here’s how you can help

You could do nothing. Or, you could:

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