Servants for Sight focuses on common vision problems that will help people have improved sight and prevent blindness. Basic eye exams along with complicated eye surgeries are performed in South Carolina and in third world countries. By providing a pair of eye glasses or performing cataract surgery, a person can be given the gift of sight. Servants for Sight also teaches cataract surgery in developing countries.
Providing eye exams and eyeglasses
A basic eye exam and a pair of glasses can be a precious gift for some poverty stricken people. Servants for Sight has the ability to provide the basic need for as little as $10 per person.
What is a cataract?
Cataract refers to a clouding of the eye’s normally transparent lens. This clouding prevents light from passing unobstructed through the lens onto the retina, resulting in a blurry, dull indistinct image or blindness. These symptoms usually develop over time and are part of the aging process that occurs to some extent in all people. However, cataracts may be present at birth or result from an eye injury, infection or inflammation. They can occur in one eye or both.
Treatment of cataracts
Cataract treatment involves performing surgery by removing the clouded lens from the eye and inserting an artificial lens. In developed countries with proper equipment, cataract removal is a quick, and has a success rate as high as 98 percent. The equipment needed to perform the surgery is expensive and is often not available in third world countries. Alternative surgery methods can be used in certain instances. Millions could see again if cataract surgery was available worldwide.
Damage to the blood vessels in the eye. This is the leading cause of blindness in American adults age 20-74. 95% of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented by early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up.
Other diseases that we can treat:
- Corneal blindness