Eyesight Restoration Surgery

There are several hundred million avoidably blind persons around the world. In most cases the correction procedure is simple. In our travels we had learned that “high volume cataract surgery” is a remarkably cost effective health intervention. We set eye restoration surgery as a key priority for DAK when we incorporated in 2010.

In the years since, working closely with (initially) RANZCO, and more recently PFE on the Australian side – and with skilled surgeons and collaborative eye care facilities on the overseas side, we have been able to grow our participation year by year.

Successful eye surgeries primarily or solely supported by DAK funding:

           

 2011            350

           2012            1,519

           2013            12,525

           2014            24,931

           2015            40,553

           2016           39,170

           2017            41,917

           2018            54,437

           Total           217,425

The social and economic impact of these surgeries is significant. We intend to continue supporting high volume surgery programs for the poor when ever we are able to find an existing facility with access to a large population of impoverished, sight impaired individuals.

Our preferred program method is:

  • Conduct outreach screening camps in very poor communities.
  • Transport surgery patients to facility and perform the surgery.
  • Return patient to village with medicines.
  • Send outreach team for post op follow up 4-6 weeks later.

The countries in which we are currently supporting eye surgeries are:

           Bangladesh

           Cambodia

           Ethiopia

           India

           Myanmar

           Nepal