Comprehensive Eye Care

Our nine partner eye clinics in Ghana, India, and Honduras provide more than 11,000 sight-restoring cataract surgeries annually to patients living in extreme poverty in villages, slums, and refugee camps. Close to 200,000 other patients need and receive non-surgical care, including medication, reading glasses for presbyopic patients, and distance glasses for patients with refractive error. 

Patients who attend Unite For Sight partner clinics’ outreaches present with a variety of eye ailments.  Below are the common diagnoses from Crystal Eye Clinic's outreaches in Ghana during 2012.

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Distance Glasses

For patients who have refractive error, distance glasses must be prescribed by a local eye doctor.  SmartBuyGlasses has generously partnered with Unite For Sight to provide thousands of new prescription distance glasses every year to our partner clinics' outreaches in Ghana.  Each pair of distance glasses can be transformative for a patient, who may now be able to return to work to support a family, or return to school to pursue an education. During 2012, SmartBuyGlasses donated 9950 new distance glasses to Unite For Sight, which constitutes the vast majority of distance glasses prescribed in the outreaches in Ghana.

Reading Glasses

Global Impact Fellow volunteers transport 600 pairs of new or nearly-new reading glasses abroad, and the glasses are prescribed by the local eye doctors to patients living in poverty in villages, slums, and refugee camps.  These reading glasses are prescribed to patients with presbyopia, so that they can read, sew, or do other close-up tasks. Over 15% of patients who came to Crystal Eye Clinic's Unite For Sight outreaches in 2012 were given reading glasses to correct their presbyopia.  With nearly 45,000 outrach patients in 2012, this amounted to nearly 7,000 pairs of reading glasses distributed in outreaches by Crystal Eye Clinic alone in 2012. The patients were otherwise unable to acccess or afford the reading glasses.