Goal: To reduce the prevalence of blindness and poor vision due to cataracts among the poor and to build the capacity of the local eye-care system.
The Mercy Vision program addresses surgical and medical eye needs in environments where preventable blindness is widespread. The primary emphasis of surgical intervention is to reduce blindness as a result of cataracts.
Non-surgical eye care focuses on allergies, infections, injuries and pain. Sunglasses are distributed to protect sensitive eyes after operations, and reading glasses are supplied to visually impaired patients.
The program also provides many opportunities to train local surgeons and provide ophthalmic training for local health workers.