Eye Care Infrastructure

BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE

Low-income countries often lack the infrastructure and medical supplies to care for those who are suffering from blindness and vision problems. This lack of resources means those with vision problems may wait up to a year or more to have their vision treated, resulting in a backlog of cataract blind people.

We believe in saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” CBI goes beyond simply providing surgeries. We work with our partners to develop sustainable solutions to their problems and provide them with the tools, knowledge, and infrastructure to operate independently. A higher capacity means more people can get the treatment they need. By providing affordable and accessible care, ensuring the right tools and supplies are available and building surgical centers where they’re needed, Combat Blindness International ensures equitable eye care is available to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

AUROLAB

In 1992, Combat Blindness International was one of three like-minded Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that supported the establishment of Aurolab. Aurolab is the manufacturing division of the highly-respected Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. Aurolab began producing intraocular lenses and provided those lenses to us at a cost of roughly $2.

With these low-cost lenses, Combat Blindness International’s medical partners were able to provide the same surgeries to their poorest patients that were previously only available to those who could pay. After a simple surgery men, women and children are able to spend their lives with clear vision.

Today, Aurolab produces over a million IOL’s a year and have expanded their products to include sutures and other ophthalmic consumables. Aurolab provides these ophthalmic consumables at cost to NGOs in 120 countries.

Dr. Chandra and Aurolab employees

Learn more about our Infrastructure Program by hovering over the photos below.

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    High Volume Cataract Surgeries

    To increase the effectiveness of our partners, we provide “best practices” for performing high-volume cataract surgeries, helping streamline a hospital to perform surgeries in a model similar to an assembly line. 

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    Building Eye Centers

    We have worked with several of our partners to build eye hospitals in areas previously devoid of eye care or even medical care. We also work to ensure that these centers are sustainable after they are built. 

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    Teaching Sustainability

    We work with our partners to establish and maintain sustainable eye care practices in their countries, including the use of sliding pay scales, different methods of service and lower-cost systems. 

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    Providing Tools

    We provide some partners with innovative tools to reach more patients, be more efficient and provide high-quality care. Whenever we come to an area to do surgery, we teach junior surgeons and residents best practices.