- Our primary aim is a finite one:
to eradicate cataract blindness from the state of Bihar in India - the worst place in the world for reversible blindness - by the end of 2020.
The reasons for people remaining blind are the same in 2015 as they were in the year 2000 when we first began our work: Too few eye surgeons willing to work in the areas of greatest need, and the inability of those living in dire poverty to pay for surgery.
We offer our triad of resources: clinical expertise, local knowledge, and money to Indian teams, small or large, that provide free cataract surgery to the blind.
- To support the work of a peripatetic team in western Odisha - the Trilochan Netralaya Hospital - who focus on restoring sight to people in neglected tribal communities. The blindness problem in western Odisha is as bad as in Bihar.
- A Legacy: leaving behind us hospitals run by and for local people, providing eye care, training and employment in the heart of their communities.
- An on-going commitment: to continue the sharing of clinical knowledge, expertise and ideas that has always been at the core of our partnerships with Indian ophthalmic teams.
- People who are blind cannot get to hospital independently. And poverty levels in Bihar mean that even one family member cannot afford to take time off work to accompany them. A thorough and focussed approach to finding and transporting blind patients is integral to the ethos of all our current partners and all the hospitals and clinics we have ever worked with.
- We are professionals who volunteer our time and skills. The Second Sight team includes eye specialists and non-medical volunteers who work alongside Indian teams.
- No donated money is used on salaries, admin or office costs.
- Second Sight people spend a great deal of time in the field. We can raise money to pay for surgery in the UK. But only by being in India can we maintain the essential relationship that is needed with eye surgeons and the teams actually curing the blind.
- We are a small charity unencumbered by bureaucracy. We can act fast. This is crucial for our beneficiaries to whom the humdrum miracle of cataract surgery cannot come too soon.