Lions and Sightsavers (formerly the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind) have been working together since 1972 and Clacton Lions having been making donations annually to the Lions Sight Savers Trust, a registered charity since the early days of our Club.
Initially, these donations supported a Sightsavers Eye Camp Outreach Programme in India, focusing on cataract operations. But many people arriving at the eye camps had other eye conditions or impairments that couldn’t be treated, and this led to the development of the Comprehensive Eye Services (CES) programme, which aimed to support everyone with a sight-related problem.
The CES programme provided assistance for blind and visually impaired children to attend inclusive schools, and referred eye health issues for treatment or surgery. It also supported rehabilitation training for adults whose blindness was irreversible, and educated communities on disease prevention and recognising eye conditions
Sightsavers works in some of the world’s poorest countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and, where blindness is irreversible, they promote equality and ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities in life as anyone else. Each year, Sightsavers work with their partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer adults and children for treatment to prevent blindness and restore sight.
There is still so much more to be done. 75% of blindness and visual impairment can be prevented or cured. Without action, the number of people who are blind could triple by 2050.