Pass the gift of sight on National Eye Care Day

Country Director, Greater China
Organisation: SightLife

As the theme for this year’s national Eye Care Day, Universal Eye Health includes those with corneal blindness. Corneal opacity is the fourth leading cause of blindness in in China affecting thousands of people. A corneal transplant, replaces the damaged cornea with a healthy cornea tissue from a donor; it is regarded as the ultimate…

SightLife: 50 Years of Transforming Lives

Organisation: SightLife

Our Beginning In 1969, the Northwest Lions in Seattle, WA founded an eye bank inspired by three people who wanted to help local citizens in need of a corneal transplant. At that time, the Northwest Lions Eye Bank was a volunteer-driven organization – proudly placing 40 corneas for transplant in the first year. Fast forward…

Alleviating corneal blindness in low-and middle- income countries

Director of Communications
Organisation: KeraLink International

Who We Are KeraLink International exists to make blind people see. Specifically, those suffering from corneal blindness in low-and middle- income countries (LMICs), where the need is most acute. Surgeons have had the knowledge and experience to treat and to cure corneal blindness for over 100 years. However, more than 10 million people around the…

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

Eye Banking: SightLife’s Best Practices Guide

Director of Latin America Operations and Advocacy Program
Organisation: SightLife

Luis Perez, Director of Advocacy, Claire Bonilla, CEO and Josie Noah, Vice-President of the Global Program at SightLife on their recently released best practices guide. The global community has made steady advances in the drive to eliminate needless blindness over the last several decades. A key driver for this progress has been to engage national…