Why We Do It

Corneal blindness can be profoundly devastating, particularly for people living in developing countries.

In these communities, blindness often comes with the inability to be educated or provide for your families. And takes a huge social and emotional toll on the suffering—feelings of shame, dishonor and hopelessness.

Additional Burdens for Women

Sajida

Often disenfranchised in the developing world, women face additional roadblocks when their vision fails. Their opportunities for advancement are minimal, making them more dependent on their male-dominated societies.

Economic challenges

Khadak

Blindness makes it impossible for many of those affected to work. Their financial dependence can cripple families and stifle local economies.

Inadequate education

Durga

When children can’t read or see the blackboard at school, their education is compromised. Without the right skills, their future success is limited.

We’re working to unlock life’s possibilities

Restoring sight means people go back to work and contribute to their communities. Women get better jobs and can take care of their families, securing their independence. Kids go back to school, learning so that they can succeed.

Read their stories

98% of the corneal blind live in developing countries. A standard operation—a corneal transplant—can transform their lives. The primary barriers to getting them help are:

  • Not enough corneas donated
  • Under-performing eye banks
  • Not enough trained corneal surgeons

At SightLife, we’ve made it our responsibility to build the most effective local eye bank programs around the world. (Eye banks are facilities where donated corneal tissue is evaluated, prepared and distributed.) Improving operations improves the chances of more available corneal tissue.

surgeon training

Working with partners in more than 30 countries, SightLife is increasing access to care and the number of corneal transplants performed each year to transform millions of lives around the globe.

Sustainability

Teaching eye banks how to operate more efficiently and effectively.

Scalability

Partnering with hospital staff to increase the number of corneas donated.

Quality

Training more surgeons and technicians on the latest transplant techniques.