Patient stories

Thanks to the support of our donors the Eye Care Foundation is able to help a great many people. The unique, personal stories of eye patients show how your donation can change their lives.
  • Give Chey back what he had lost

    In the waiting room of the hospital here in Zambia, a young woman sat with her head hanging down and her hands folded in her lap. Dezila (34) had cataracts in both eyes and was almost completely blind.

  • Dezila, Zambia

    Dezila dares to dream again!

    In the waiting room of the hospital here in Zambia, a young woman sat with her head hanging down and her hands folded in her lap. Dezila (34) had cataracts in both eyes and was almost completely blind.

  • Bhakta was perfectly healthy, but he was blind

    If you could only have seen Bhakta (55) when he had to walk somewhere. Inching along, step by careful step while hanging on to his wife`s arm; unsure, dependent and isolated. Bhakta was perfectly healthy, but he was blind....

  • Your support gives these people and their families a new start in life

    I would like to share a story with you about an exceptional encounter I had with a cataract patient in Laos. A few months ago I was in Laos for Eye Care Foundation to counsel Dr.Oui, the director of...

  • What gift could be greater than saving a family from a life of extreme poverty?

    I am writing this today to tell you about families who were already poor to begin with, but who sank even deeper into poverty due to unnecessary blindness or impaired vision. This story takes place in the province of...

  • Will you help a child find happiness again?

    For a child such as Deepa (7) you represent a miracle. She lives in the village of Tarkuhat in the Lamjung district in Nepal. Deepa`s family is poor. In fact, they are amongst the very poorest in this remote...

Prevent avoidable blindness.
Give people a chance at a better life.

The Eye Care Foundation helps prevent and cure avoidable blindness and visual impairment in developing countries. Worldwide there are 285 million people with visual impairments of which 39 million are blind and 246 million visually impaired. A stunning 90% of people with visual disabilities live in developing countries where blindness leads to major economic and social problems. Blind people can no longer work normally and are dependent on family members and friends. Eighty percent of blindness is avoidable or can be cured, for example with cataract surgery or a pair of prescription glasses. The solution may be simple, but it is impossible to achieve without your help as a donor.