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Fighting Eye Diseases

We envision a future where no one in the world has to suffer from avoidable vision loss. To work toward that vision, our sight initiatives are developed and continuously reviewed by experts, key partners, LCIF leadership and staff. All of our sight grant programs incorporate a comprehensive understanding of the vision issues they are addressing and have clear objectives and goals that are updated as the needs change. It is only through informed, targeted and carefully-planned strategies that we can win our fight against the most devastating major eye diseases affecting millions.



The world’s leading cause of visual impairment.
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Childhood Blindness

An estimated 1.4 million children worldwide are blind.
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Nearly half of the 382 million people with diabetes will develop some degree of vision loss during their lifetime.
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Education and Rehabilitation

Just one out of 10 of the world’s people who are blind have access to education or rehabilitation services.
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Eye Health Education

Quality education is needed to help millions of people who do not realize they have a condition that needs treatment or do not know how to seek treatment.
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Low Vision

Nearly 246 million people in the world have low vision, and services are accessed by just 5 to 10 percent.
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High quality research has the potential to improve our programs and benefit blindness prevention efforts worldwide.
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River Blindness

Close to 37 million people are infected with river blindness, with another 100 million people in Africa and Latin America at risk for the disease.
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A disease that is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide and has caused irreversible blindness in approximately 8 million people.
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Uncorrected Refractive Error

Easily correctable disorders are responsible for 43 percent of global vision impairment, with half of all cases going undetected and untreated.
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