More than 12.7 million people globally suffer from corneal blindness, making it one of the world’s leading causes of avoidable blindness. Most who are corneal blind live in low- and middle-income countries, where the condition goes beyond not being able to see. It also creates obstacles to staying in school, maintaining employment, and providing for one’s family. Navigating these challenges takes an emotional and financial toll, leading to cycles of poverty and reductions in life expectancy, often by as much as one-third.
But there is hope – more than 80 percent of corneal blindness is treatable and preventable.
At SightLife, we’ve seen firsthand the tears of joy that come when the bandages are removed following a corneal transplant, or blindness is prevented when corneal abrasions are treated with topical antibiotics. Around the world, sight restoration renews hope for an education, the dignity of work, a sustained livelihood, and a brighter, more independent future for patients and their families.