World Children’s Vision, A Charitable Organization
Being young and poor is hard enough. Being young, poor, and blind can leave a child with no way forward.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired or blind, most of these in the developing world. And unlike adult-onset blindness, blindness that occurs in childhood can have profound developmental implications, resulting from missed opportunities to play, learn, and develop relationships and physical skills.
Childhood blindness may even be fatal: The British Medical Journal observed that “in developing countries, up to 60% (of children) are thought to die within a year of becoming blind.”
Key Facts about Blindness in Children
Of the 19 million children who are visually impaired, most are due to refractive errors, a condition that can be easily diagnosed and corrected with glasses. But 1.4 million need more intensive visual rehabilitation interventions, such as surgery, for full psychological and personal development.
The WHO calls the global burden of childhood blindness “staggering.” Yet 80% of these cases are preventable or curable, with the right resources.
World Children’s Vision, a 501(c)3 charitable organization headquartered in Honolulu, aims to return the gift of sight to children in need all over the world, one child at a time.
World Children’s Vision will work with Eyegenix centers of excellence to create a global network for the treatment and restoration of sight in children. The nonprofit will also implement international community-based educational and outreach programs, with a goal to combat the preventable causes of childhood blindness by providing basic sanitation, antibiotics, and nutrition.
Although procedures to restore childrens’ sight will be multi faceted, and will not be limited to corneal transplants, where indicated, they will receive Eyegenix biosynthetic corneas free of charge.
The positive and lasting impact of restoring sight to a child goes far beyond a single life. Helping these children will transform families and communities. And it will give each child in need the fighting chance they deserve in life.
“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”