Inclusive Eye Health

CBM’s inclusive eye health work aims to reduce avoidable visual impairment and blindness and ensure those who are permanently vision impaired can access the most relevant support and opportunities to live life to their full potential.

Historically, vision impairment was understood to be a treatable medical problem or health condition. This meant the majority of eye health programs had a focus on prevention and cure for various conditions, especially blinding diseases. We now know that vision impairment has more than a physical impact and can lead to social exclusion and inequality.

CBM’s inclusive eye health programs, therefore, considers the needs of people holistically, with both their need for quality eye health services and social support.

Can time outdoors improve your eye-sight and mental health?

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), by the year 2050 it is expected that nearly 50% of the global population will be myopic (nearsighted). According to the IAPB, myopia is due to a mismatch between the eyeball length and its optical power. This results in the lens of the eye

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World Sight Day

Established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in 2000, World Sight Day is a global event created to draw attention to vision impairment and blindness. This year’s focus is Vision 2020: The Right to Sight. According to IAPB approximately 1.3 billion people globally live with some

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Elderly lady having an eye check in Indonesia

Transforming lives – the passion driving us and our work

CBM has a long and inspiring history of working to prevent blindness and support those with vision loss. From humble beginnings when a German Pastor, Ernst Christoffel, was moved by extreme poverty to create a global force for change and reach people in need on four continents, CBM has helped to bring hope and end

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‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’

‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’

Author: David Lewis OAM, CBM Focal Point for ‘Inclusion in Eye Health’ and ‘Environmental Sustainability’ The ‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’ global initiative was launched in 1999 to promote and develop global momentum to reduce avoidable blindness. The governments of 195 countries have signed the Vision 2020 declaration showing their support for its objectives.

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CBM Inclusive Eye Health Initiatives

CBM Inclusive Eye Health Initiatives

At CBM, Inclusive Eye Health means ensuring eye health programmes are accessible and open to all members of the community, including people with disability and others who are marginalised and socially excluded. It also includes proactively ensuring that people with long term vision impairment access their right to wider opportunities to health, education and livelihoods

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Cataract facts - Miracles Day 2019.

What is a Cataract?

Cataract Facts Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, responsible for just over half [51%] the cases of blindness around the world. That’s around 20 million people – the majority of them living in developing countries. A cataract is the milky clouding of the eye lens. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes. Trying

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At CBM, we want everyone to benefit from inclusive eye health programs. To achieve sustainable outcomes, we ensure that our projects are:

  • INTEGRATED to national health systems and policies rather than being standalone initiatives
  • COMPREHENSIVE from covering promotion of healthy eyes to prevention of eye diseases
  • CURATIVE in medical, surgical and optical intervention
  • Enable access to REHABILITATION services utilising local government and community approaches
  • Have STRENGTHENED SUPPORT for people with permanent vision impairment so that no-one is left behind

There are other key areas that CBM projects consider particularly important to ensure inclusion, such as:

  • UNDERSTANDING the impact of stigma
  • ADDRESSING design and accessibility barriers
  • CONSULTING people with disabilities and their organisations directly​
  • LOBBYING for government and policy support​
  • CONNECTING through community based programs​
  • ENSURING barriers for women and girls are addressed​

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