FRED HOLLOWS PROJECT KENYA
Ending Avoidable Blindness
- This project is to train local eye surgeons and eye health workers to restore sight to those who are needlessly blind in Kenya
- 4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t need to be. The Fred Hollows Foundation can restore sight for as little as $25
- 100,000 people are blind or visually impaired due to cataract
Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. The operation to remove a cataract and insert a replacement intraocular lens is relatively routine. It takes approximately 20 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic. Bandages can come off 24 hours later.
Since 2004, The Foundation has worked with Kenyan hospitals to undertake cataract surgeries and to train specialist health workers to provide eye health services in rural and remote areas, including eye care for avoidably blind or visually impaired children.