Vision Health International will provide eye exams, fit eyeglasses, perform life-altering surgeries, and improve the vision health for 1000 adults and children in medically under-served regions in and around Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the most populous and poor countries in Central America, with over half of the population living in poverty. We're partnering with the City of Villa Nueva to conduct vision screenings in schools and community centers, & perform cataract surgeries.
Severe or even moderate vision impairment can mean the loss of economic and educational opportunity. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of global vision impairment can be prevented or cured, and cases of preventable blindness are especially high in Guatemala. Guatemala is one of two Latin American countries to experience a decrease in rate of cataract surgeries since 2005. Poverty, coupled with a scarcity of vision health care professionals
Direct patient care provided by Vision Health International will result in thousands receiving the vision health care they so urgently need. During field programs to Villa Nueva, Guatemala, Vision Health International volunteers will address the overwhelming need for accessible and affordable vision health care in this region of the country.
With vision improved or restored, 1000 adults and children--and their families--will be able to return to work or to school. They will be able to sew again or to read again, and they will be able to re-enter a meaningful life with their families and communities. These patients will regain hope for a brighter and better future.