Worldwide, 284 million people are visually impaired. Of these, 39 million are blind and 245 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. Ninety percent of people with visual impairments live in developing countries, and 19 million children are visually impaired.
Many children or adults may have low vision even after treatment or eye glasses are made available for a visual impairment. In the developing world, low vision can be as debilitating as blindness. A child with low vision may not be able to attend school and may be thought of as “dumb.” An adult with low vision may not be able to attain a job and provide for his or her family.
CBM provides low vision aids such as magnifying glasses, high-powered eye glasses, loupes, telescopes or special computer devices to help provide some level of functional vision. Providing these items, along with training, allow children with low vision – even children with less than 10% of their vision – to be integrated into schools. Adults can go from functional blindness to functional sight.
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