CAUSE: BLINDNESS PREVENTION & GLOBAL EYE CARE
THE PROBLEM: An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment.
SEVA’S SOLUTION: Lost-cost cataract surgeries and vision procedures—80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. In many cases, a person’s sight and livelihood can be restored through the use of inexpensive medication or surgery. Cataracts cause half of global blindness (and a third of all visual impairment). Restorative surgery is one of the most cost-effective of all public health interventions.
$500 donated to Seva can provide 33 eyeglasses to people in developing countries, restore eyesight to 10 people with curable blindness who can’t afford surgery, or provide 3 children with specialized sight-restoring pediatric surgery and follow-up care.
To date, Seva has provided 71,503 sight-saving surgeries, 105,815 pairs of life-changing glasses, 216 clinician trainings for medical professionals specializing in cataract surgery, retina conditions, and transplants, and 2,558 women with training to become health volunteers in rural areas.
It costs as little as $50 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery, and Seva offers free and deeply discounted procedures to individuals and families who cannot afford the cost of services.
Seva received a four-star (92.27/100) rating from Charity Navigator, the Platinum GuideStar seal of Transparency, an A rating from Charity Watch, and comes highly recommended from The Life You Can Save and Focusing Philanthropy.
Over almost 40 years, Seva has restored vision to over 35 million people. In 2016-2017, the organization provided eye care services to 1.5 million people.
Almost 90% of people affected with vision impairment live in developing countries, where not being able to see often means a life of poverty – or worse. It's nearly impossible to work, to feed yourself, or to meet your basic needs when you can't see.