Global Ophthalmology Program
THE PROBLEM: PREVENTABLE & CURABLE BLINDNESS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the United States have vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind, 3 million who have vision impairment after correction, and 8 million who have vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error." Sometimes vision impairment can be corrected with glasses or contacts. As well, 90% of cases of blindness from diabetes are actually preventable.
In many parts of the world, access to appropriate vision care and supplies is not readily available. In response to this need, Stanford Ophthalmology has taken innovation in patient care beyond the local community and indeed outside the U.S. Two of the department’s most recent global outreach efforts include the Stanford Belize Vision Clinic (SBVC) and Dr. Geoff Tabin’s eye care service delivery model across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.