In the minute or so that takes you to read this page, another child will join the world's 1.26 million needlessly sightless children!
Because a child’s eye is very different from an adult’s — it is especially susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and infections — the diagnosis and surgical treatment of children requires specialized equipment and training in pediatric ophthalmology. Resources for pediatric ophthalmology, however, are extremely limited in developing countries, and public awareness and government initiatives are also lacking.
ORBIS was one of the first organizations working in developing countries to make the prevention and treatment of childhood blindness a priority. ORBIS is strengthening pediatric eye care capacity by offering training as well as financial and technical support to its partners.
By making a regular donation to Kids Sight Friends of any size, you will enable us to implement long-term pediatric sight-saving projects in countries where the need is greatest. You can also see our work first hand by joining fascinating events like parent-child See-n-Feel tour.
For some children, just being able to see is an unimagined luxury. By regularly donating just a little, you and your children can easily transform these kids' dreams into realities!
Click here to sign up online or download a donation form.
For more details of "ORBIS Kids Sight Friends" monthly donation program, please contact Ms. Rhonda Chiang on (853) 2830 0787.
Nguyen Thi Hue's Story:
Born prematurely at a weight of 3.3 pounds, 30-weeks old Nguyen Thi Hue is a typical ROP baby and faced a lifetime of blindness due to abnormal blood vessel growth in her retina.
“Without ORBIS we could not conduct ROP surgery or diagnose a condition that can mean a life filled with avoidable blindness.” Dr. Luu Hgoc Lan, ophthalmologist, NIP Hospital, who conducted a very successful laser corrective surgery on Nguyen.
Nguyen returned home to lead a life free from blindness just a few days after her surgery. Said Nguyen’s mother, “This was the one and only chance to save my baby’s sight and I am eternally grateful to all of the doctors and donors who made this happened. The hospital gave me a leaflet which explains the dangers of ROP which I will show to every new mother in my village.”