HelpMeSee is a global campaign to end cataract blindness, which is the leading cause of blindness around the world. Globally over 100 million people are blind or visually impaired by cataracts, despite that a cost-effective treatment already exists.
20+ million people are blinded by cataracts.
Over 5 million people in India are estimated to be cataract blind
71 million more in India are visually impaired from cataract & will likely go blind without care.
Globally 90% blind and visually impaired live in developing countries like India.
2/3 of all preventably blind people are women.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures in the US and Europe, yet untreated cataract is a growing health crises in the developing world. Without a dramatic increase in the number of trained cataract specialists in India, millions more will become blind.
But there’s hope.
A HelpMeSee patient in New Delhi, India seen before surgery (left) and just a day after her sight was restored (right).
The solution already exists, and we have a plan to scale it in India. Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) offers a high-quality, low-cost procedure to treat cataract blindness in as little as 5 minutes. India has thousands of ophthalmologists, but not all are trained in the MSICS procedure. So at the center HelpMeSee’s strategy is a training program, focused on training specialists in India who can provide sustainable care.
When people have their sight restored, they can return to work, earn more income, send their children to school, and live a long and healthy life.
Cataract slider shows effects of cataract blindness in day-to-day life.
With treatment, many patients can return to work and support their families. According to the World Bank, cataract surgery is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available.
Children often leave school after a blind parent is no longer able to pay tuition. After parents restore their sight, their kids can return to school and pursue their dreams.
Longer Life Expectancy
After surgery, patients have a 40% lower mortality risk after cataract treatment (AAO).
Improved Quality of Life
Men and women who have their sight restored after able to be far more self-sufficient. Cataract surgery restores hope and allows them to return into family life and becoming more active in their communities.