Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve gradually is damaged by pressure building up in the eye. Since it has no symptoms, it can go unnoticed until it finally results in a serious loss of vision.
This is especially true in the developing world where people in impoverished communities seldom receive the diagnostic testing needed to identify glaucoma in its early stages.
In the developing world, the disease knows no boundaries and can affect all ages. Around 90% of people in the developing world are unaware that they have glaucoma. The World Health Organization estimates that here are around 4.5 million people who have already been blinded by glaucoma.
CBM provides the simple diagnostic testing needed. Early diagnosis allows CBM to provide effective treatments to prevent blindness by glaucoma.
CBM also provides treatment that is aimed at stopping further loss of vision caused by glaucoma; it cannot restore vision already lost. Depending on the glaucoma, treatment could include an eye operation or laser procedure, or in some people, ongoing, life-long health care treatment is needed.
CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:
Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
Neglected Tropical Diseases