285 million people are visually impaired worldwide


Poorer communities face unique challenges:

  • outdoor, agrarian lifestyles in bright sunlight
  • arid climates with dusty wind
  • malnutrition and vitamin A deficiencies
  • limited access to local medical care
  • higher rates of measles, rubella and other infections

80% of cases can be treated or prevented:

  • 30 minute surgery to reverse cataract blindness
  • eye protection from sun and dust
  • improved nutrition access
  • affordable, nearby medical care
  • disease prevention and treatment
  • corrective lenses prescribed and available


Cataracts Cause 51% of Global Blindness

A 30 minute surgery can reverse decades of sight loss

A cataract is the clouding of the normally transparent lens of the eye. As the lens becomes more obstructed the patient's vision deteriorates until blindness results. Cataracts are a common condition in all populations but are particularly prevalent and untreated in the developing world.

Many people in developing countries work agrarian jobs in the bright sun and can't afford to consider protecting their eyes from UV-B radiation. Without access to education and regular medical care, cataract patients can be blind or going blind for years without knowing their condition is treatable.

Waveborn partners with SEE International, a non-profit that deploys teams of volunteer eye surgeons to set up surgical clinics at the invitation of local health authorities. SEE International has examined 3 million patients and performed 400,000 sight-restoring surgeries since 1974.

Restoring sight is truly transformative for the patient, their family, and their community. We increase economic opportunity by allowing patients to return to work or school. We can change how someone sees the world.