Eye Care 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.
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.