Right to Sight

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In Africa, more than 7 million people suffer from needless blindness.  

Using new surgical technology patients with cataract can regain their sight, and their blindness can be cured by a 10 minutes operation at the cost of 25 Euros.

Right to Sight transfers competence and new technology to African doctors Right to Sight is the only Charity being driven by eye surgeons, to empower African eye surgeons, to use cutting edge technology to eliminate the needless blindness in Africa. 

The consequences of blindness affect all generations

 Over 7 million need a quick cataract operation, Right to Sight surgeons are training surgeons (including non-ophthalmologists) to do just that. Furthermore, Right to Sight are placing the latest technology, with Rotary, to provide screening and diagnosis in the place of trained health care workers (who are not available in Africa) and expedite the prevention of irreversible glaucoma sight loss.

 Rotary Lisburn have just provided a state of the art (non-mydriatic i.e. no drops needed) fundus camera to take the photographs. Anyone can use the camera, no training is required, photos can be sent to the cloud and Surgeons can read the images at the same time in Ireland, but better still, Right to Sight are developing technology to automatically do the same.

260 000 people have regained sight through a simple cataract operation enabled through Right to Sight since 2005.

Right to Sight has trained more than 320 eye specialists, nurses, clinic attendants, administrative personnel and managers. 

Right to Sight has several ongoing projects in Kenya, currently a training centre for cataract surgery in Kisii, and supporting cataract surgery training at the University of Nairobi. There is desperate need for training ophthalmologists in eye care in children, and we have special focus on this in our program at Kwale District Eye centre in Mombasa."

The photo of a child with bilateral cataract before her operation, and the other slide is from our outreach camp with the University of Nairobi`s current students screening and identifying a great number of patients to be operated in Kisii.

Right to Sight has several ongoing projects in Kenya, currently a training centre for cataract surgery in Kisii, and supporting cataract surgery training at the University of Nairobi.  There is desperate need for training ophthalmologists in eye care in children, and we have special focus on this in our program at Kwale District Eye centre in Mombasa."

How can you help?

1. 25 Euros:

The gift of sight through a cataract operation in a high volume cataract surgery centre.

2. 55 Euros:

The gift of sight through a cataract operation, during which an African ophthalmologist is trained in the technique.

3. 2700 Euros:

A  SICS (single insicion cataract surgery) training course for an African ophthalmologist over 6-8 weeks to be trained a cataract surgeon.

4. Fund the installation of critically needed equipment

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