Charities We Love
A World Charity Close To Our Hearts
Our community is so important to us at Alliance Vision Institute, and this goes far beyond our patient community. We are proud supporters of HCP Cureblindness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing cataract blindness in areas of the world where services that so many of us take for granted, simply aren’t available.
Roughly 95 million people across the world are affected by cataracts.1 In adults, cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process. When a person is roughly 40 years old, proteins in the lens of the eye begin to break down and form clumps, which cause the lens to become cloudy.2 Cataracts progress slowly in most people, but eventually the lens will become so cloudy that vision becomes impaired. At this point, the only way to restore clear vision and prevent blindness is to perform cataract surgery.
In the United States, cataract surgery is a fast, safe procedure that is easily accessible, is usually covered by insurance, and requires only a day or two off of work. Even for people whose employers don’t offer paid sick time, this is rarely an extreme financial hardship.
In middle-income and low-income countries, however, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness.3 In areas of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa served by HCP Cureblindness, patients may not even realize that there is a cure for cataracts-related vision loss. Moreover, access to cataract surgery is non-existent or at the very best severely limited, and the financial challenges of extensive travel for surgery and necessary time away from work are insurmountable.
What HCP Cureblindness Does
Across the globe, 35 million people suffer from unnecessary blindness, and 80% of these cases are treatable or preventable. Since 1995, HCP (Himalayan Cataract Project) has provided cataract patients in underserved areas with vision-saving cataract surgery that takes only minutes and costs only $25 in materials per procedure. What began in the Himalayas has now spread to more than 20 countries throughout South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, providing sight-restoring surgery to more than 1.1 million people.4
As a proud global partner of HCP, Alliance Vision Institute donates a portion of the cost of each elective surgery we perform to sponsor a vision-restoring cataract surgery in an under-resourced area of the world.
To learn more about this charity and our involvement, please visit www.cureblindness.org/globalpartners.
1 Liu YC, Wilkins M, Kim T, Malyugin B, Mehta JS. Cataracts. Lancet. 2017 Aug 5;390(10094):600-612. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30544-5. Epub 2017 Feb 25. PMID: 28242111. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28242111/. Accessed October 23, 2022.
2 National Eye Institute. Cataracts. Available: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/cataracts. Accessed October 24, 2022.
3 Liu YC, Wilkins M, Kim T, Malyugin B, Mehta JS. Cataracts. Lancet. 2017 Aug 5;390(10094):600-612. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30544-5. Epub 2017 Feb 25. PMID: 28242111. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28242111/. Accessed October 23, 2022.
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