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The Himalayan Cataract Project

As seen on 60 minutes last week.

The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world with a steadfast commitment to training local providers and working with partners to leverage impact.

Cataract surgery is one of the most cost effective of all health interventions.

Himalayan lady greeting eye doctor

Eye care is one of the greatest public health challenges for the 21st century. Of the more than 39 million people worldwide suffering from unnecessary blindness, more than half are due to cataract – which can be surgically treated. Most of these people live in the developing world, where poor nutrition and limited access to eye care can mean a life limited by needless blindness. Numerous studies have shown that sight restoration with cataract surgery is among the most cost-effective interventions in health care.

Many serious public health problems cannot be easily cured. One striking exception is cataract-induced blindness.

Since 1995, the Himalayan Cataract Project and its global partners have performed more than 600,000 ophthalmic surgeries in the developing world through improvised mobile eye clinics and high-volume cataract campaigns. The life-changing, manual, sutureless procedures can be completed in less than 10 minutes at a material cost of just $25 apiece. Some 18 million needlessly-blind cataract patients still await care, most of them with no place to turn.

Cataract surgery is considered one of the most cost-effective medical interventions in the world.

They work to overcome barriers impeding delivery of cataract care to underserved, needlessly blind people in the developing world. At the core of their work is our goal to achieve high-quality, low-cost eye care that can be sustained in the developing world for the long-term.

Your donation to the Himalayan Cataract Project delivers immediate life-changing eye care to the poor and underserved populations that would otherwise go without.