11.02.2011

Operation Eyesight "will change lives"

Operation Eyesight "will change lives"

By Alexa Kaczka

A new scheme will help to change the lives of people across the planet by providing them with better eyecare, according to the organisation behind it.

Operation Eyesight is dedicated to preventing and treating avoidable blindness in the developing world and works with medical professionals and communities in Africa and India to help provide quality eyecare.

Currently, the organisation is encouraging people to send a "Valentine's gift" in the form of a donation to the charity to help needy people.

According to the organisation, a donation of $20 (£13) could provide "brand new, custom-fitted prescription eyeglasses" for three children and support local optical businesses, while $100 could "transform a slum into a healthy community".

Meanwhile, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural small research grant for treating and preventing vision loss in children, with the Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal and the Calabar Teaching Hospital in Nigeria each receiving $50,000 towards research.

by Emily Tait


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