Global Eye Care, Incorporated is a non-profit organization that aims to impart knowledge on the importance of eye care in developing countries. It was established to provide for those in dire need of vision services and to prevent unnecessary blindness.
Change the World Today! Make a Difference!
Global Eye Care, Inc. is bringing vision services to developing countries but your help is crucial. Global Eye Care is equipping and renovating teaching hospitals and clinics with modern equipment to educate ophthalmologists. Local ophthalmologists are being educated with diagnostic and state-of-the-art techniques to reduce the years of backlog of cataracts and glaucoma. Also, eye care outreach clinics are being built and manned by ophthalmologists. Volunteer ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, and technicians from the USA and all over the world are being recruited to teach and perform surgery for at least one to four weeks. But without your participation and commitment, we won’t be able to continue making this happen. Millions of people around the world desperately need vision care. In America, vision centers with state-of-the-art technology are easily accessible. However, in developing countries, most facilities don’t have the proper diagnostic equipment, the necessary medications, or enough practitioners to adequately heal those in dire need. With this in mind, Dr. Antonio Sims, founder and director of Global Eye Care, decided to spearhead a change in the way people of developing countries are treated as eye care patients. Dr. Sims has firsthand knowledge of the inadequate facilities in developing countries. With her expertise and desire, she felt impassioned to pioneer a change. “The inadequate number of ophthalmologists, facilities, and equipment in developing countries stunned me. I knew I had to make a commitment to myself and others to better their vision,” explains Dr. Sims.
The Dream in Reality Now
One of Global Eye Care’s primary goals is to provide more comprehensive training for local ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, and technicians in developing countries. As a result of such training, and outreach programs, the local people will become more educated about eye care. For example, they will learn the importance of wearing sunglasses, and people will stop suffering from unnecessary blindness due to glaucoma and cataracts. Since eyeglasses are a luxury, Global Eye Care also has a program to distribute donated glasses to eye care centers.
It’s critical to have access to the medications that can heal diseases such as glaucoma, trachoma, and river blindness. But such drugs are extremely scarce in developing countries — even saline solution and artificial tears are in great demand. Global Eye Care provides these medications to better serve the people of developing countries. Nobody deserves neglect.
Global Eye Care is committed to providing eye care services throughout countries in need. With your help and dedication, Global Eye Care will be able to continue to:
- Distribute equipment, supplies, instruments, meditations, journals, books, and computers donated by organizations, foundations, companies, and individual ophthalmologists.
- Gather monetary donations to help daily operations.
- Prepare and distribute educational materials about eye care to the locals.
- Form local boards of ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals to run the centers.
The goal is to have eye centers functioning on their own within two to five years and to establish other centers throughout the world. Ophthalmic nurses and technicians will be trained to assist the ophthalmologists, maintain equipment, and keep the clinics thriving. Remember, none of this can happen without you.
Did You Know?
In the United States there is one ophthalmologist for every ten thousand people. In Developing areas such as the African continent, the ratio is one ophthalmologist for every one million people. Using Africa as an example, here is why Global Eye Care’s work is so vital:
- The ratio of ophthalmologists to population is 1:1 million.
- One of every 100 people in Africa is affected by blindness.
- River blindness affects approximately 500,000 Africans.
- More than half of the African people have engaged in warfare.
- Millions are bilaterally blind from cataracts.
- Vitamin A deficiency and general malnutrition are the prime causes of blindness in children.
- Land mines contribute to blindness in Africans.