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FoH Eye-See Project

Eye-See ~ 3 K Children ~ FY 2017 Campaign

The goal for this year’s program schedule is to generate enough funding to target 3,000 kids in fiscal year 2017 (in Zambia, Malawi, and Kenya) with on-campus eye screening and testing, and funding for their eye treatment. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THIS CAUSE.

Director’s Background: Through most of her childhood Ntambo had no clear picture of what the world really looked like. She struggled to see due to poor eyesight until the day she was taken to a clinic in Blantyre, Malawi. It was at this meager clinic that she was given her first pair of eyeglasses; this simple gift changed her life. The cause of Ntambo’s impaired vision was glaucoma – a progressive degenerative eye disease which affects the optic nerve.

The FoH Eye-See Project: The goals of the Eye-See Projects are to: Promote eye health and prevent vision loss through early diagnosis and treatment measures; to improve the health and lives of people with vision loss by preventing complications, disabilities, and burden; to reduce vision and eye health related disparities through vision health education and other public health strategies. Our particular area of focus is on addressing glaucoma. Treating glaucoma early is important to prevent blindness, and therefore, our efforts focus on locations where there is a high prevalence of Glaucoma. Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve, which carries information from the eye to the brain, is in the back of the eye. When the nerve is damaged, you can lose your vision. At first, people with glaucoma lose side (peripheral) vision. But if the disease is not treated, vision loss may get worse. This can lead to total blindness over time.

The Silent Thief of Sight: Glaucoma is also referred to as the “Silent thief of Sight.” *Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. *There is NO CURE for glaucoma. *Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. *There are no early warning symptoms. *It is estimated that over 67 million people have glaucoma worldwide; 6 million of whom are blind. Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve, which carries information from the eye to the brain, is in the back of the eye. When the nerve is damaged, you can lose your vision. At first, people with glaucoma lose side (peripheral) vision. But if the disease is not treated, vision loss may get worse. This can lead to total blindness over time. Click here for more information: Glacoma- What You Should Know. [Source: US Dept. of Health Services].

Finding and treating glaucoma early is important to prevent blindness. If you are at high risk for the disease, be sure to get checked by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) even if you have no symptoms.

Your risk for glaucoma rises after age 40 and even more quickly after age 70. Race is also a factor. Blacks are more likely than whites to get the disease. You are also at risk if you have diabetes or if a close family member has had glaucoma. Source: WebMD.

Glaucoma and Blindness Prevalence in Africa
Most glaucoma in Africa is primary chronic open angle glaucoma. The prevalence of glaucoma in East, Central, and Southern Africa can be conservatively estimated to be 10,000 people for every 1 million population. This prevalence may be higher in West Africa. The annual incidence of glaucoma can be conservatively estimated to be 400 new cases for every 1 million population. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness after cataract, responsible for up to 30% of blindness.

Kathy’s Testomial Ntambo, FoH Eye-See Project Director

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