International Eye Foundation: Transforming eye care systems to increase patient access
Jul 07, 2017
Of the 39 million people across the world who are blind, India has approximately 12 million, making it home to more than one-third of the world’s blind population. Cataracts account for nearly 63% of the blindness in India, and the vast majority of those with cataracts have limited or no access to quality eye care services.
International Eye Foundation (IEF) works to eliminate preventable blindness, particularly from cataracts, by working with partner hospitals to increase affordability and access to quality, comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide. With support from the Alcon Foundation, IEF’s programs are changing how eye care services are delivered in India, leading to greater numbers of patients receiving sight-saving treatment and surgery.
Recently, International Eye Foundation President & CEO, Victoria Sheffield, and Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Raheem Rahmathullah, came to Alcon and held an informative Lunch & Learn during their visit. View the presentation to learn about IEF’s social enterprise approach to increasing access to care, as well as their partnership with the Alcon Foundation.