Sightsavers Seeking to Eliminate A Major Source of Blindness

Sightsavers is a charitable organization that works around the world to help treat and prevent conditions that lead to blindness. Recently, Caroline Harper who is the chief executive of the organization spoke about how Sightsavers is helping to eliminate trachoma.

 

Trachoma is an eye infection which becomes progressively worse over time. As the disease progresses, scar tissue builds up and hinders the vision. The infection can cause the eyelids to turn in causing the lashes to rub against the eye. This causes much pain and inflammation which further impedes people’s vision.

 

Caroline Harper had good news to report. With the help of Sightsavers, Some nations are seeing trachoma completely eliminated from their people. Oman was certified to be trachoma free in 2012. Morocco became trachoma free in 2016, and Mexico joined some other nations that became trachoma free in 2017.

 

Sightsavers has been instrumental in helping to eliminated trachoma. The organization helps by providing surgical care when needed. Antibiotics are provided to treat trachoma, and people are instructed in the type of hygiene practices that keep trachoma at bay.

 

A Youtube video gives a great deal of information on how Sightsavers helps people around the world. This video demonstrates how Sightsavers goes into the very poorest and most remote regions of the planet.

In some areas, if Sightsavers was not present, the people would not be able to have the medical care necessary to maintain their eyesight. That is the goal of Sightsavers, they want to stop preventable blindness around the world.

 

Sightsavers works in schools in order to check on the eyesight of children. Diseases can often be treated in the earlier stages before irreparable damage takes place. Often, a child needs a simple pair of glasses in order to see. When a child can see better, it changes the child’s world.

 

Sightsavers continues to work to end trachoma and other causes of preventable blindness. By working in difficult regions, Sightsavers makes sure that everyone can have a brighter future.

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