Guests:  Suresh Chandra, MD, Founder; Reena Chandra Rajpal, President; Gordon Derzon, Board VP; Combat Blindness International

Founded by Suresh Chandra, MD, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Combat Blindness International is celebrating 35 years of alleviating avoidable blindness around the world.

Headquartered in Madison, CBI has sponsored the screening of over 2.2 million men, women and children in 15 countries on 4 continents. Cataract causes half of global blindness, and CBI has funded more than 360,000 cataract surgeries, screened over 700,000 children and supported the education of over 350 ophthalmic technicians in India and the training of residents from Brazil and India.

It will all be highlighted on World Sight Day, Thursday evening, October 10, at Monona Terrace, when the community will come together to celebrate the gift of sight Combat Blindness has given to so many in the most vulnerable populations in the world. The goal is to raise $100,000 toward supporting CBI’s expanding International Cataract, Pediatric Eye Care, and Certified Ophthalmic Paramedic Programs. Thanks to two generous donors, up to $100,000 will be matched.

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