Of the approximately 39 million blind people in the world, about 80% of cases are easily preventable. Combat Blindness International’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide. The leading cause of blindness is cataracts, and 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries. It is in these countries that Combat Blindness, along with their partners, continues to expand their work by providing cataract surgery for as low as $25.
On this program, Dr. Suresh Chandra, Reena Chandra Rajpal and Rick Langer describe how lives in developing nations are transformed by a simple 20-minute surgery. Combat Blindness also empowers women by supporting young women’s education to become certified ophthalmic technicians. Their work includes screening children for glasses and other eye diseases in the Madison School District as well as in developing nations.
World Sight Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, at the Madison Concourse Hotel from 5:30-8:30. Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of the UW Global Health Institute and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for his work as a lead author for the United National intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will be the keynote speaker. For registration information, go to combatblindness.org.