What can we do with our eyesight?
Navigate a foreign city. Watch a sunrise. Read an important message. See a shooting star. Imprint a lasting memory. Look into the faces of our parents, our children, our loved ones.
For many people, having sight also means being able to earn a living or support a family. It means having options, and an independent future.
But what if that vision was taken away?
It can happen in an instant. The cornea, the eye’s transparent outer layer, is both vulnerable and difficult for the body to repair. Globally, one of the major causes of human blindness is corneal damage, scarring or disease.
The solution can seem simple: A transplant, whereby a human donor cornea is harvested and then transplanted to a blind recipient.
Yet because corneal transplants currently rely on locating a rare donor and having access to the complex medical infrastructure required when there are humans at both ends of the supply chain, the numbers tell a very different story.
Of the more than 10 million blind patients in the world needing a corneal transplant, the total supply of donors worldwide is less than 100,000 a year.
We believe that no one should be blind because of a lack of willing donors.▼