90% of the nearly 45 million blind and 135 million visually disabled people worldwide live in developing countries. This is mainly due to the lack of trained professionals and extremely large numbers of people in eye care need who rely on a very small group of medical personnel for aid. Thus, the necessary supervision of eye care needs is not met sufficiently and many people live with vision deterioration throughout their lives.   


The Global Initiative to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness, as defined by the WHO, is aimed at creating alternative pathways to overcome the severe shortage of ophthalmologists in developing countries, specifically through the use of ophthalmic assistants-500 million people do not have access to services. After all, 80% of blindness is avoidable (preventable or curable).  


Thus, eyeSIGHT’s goal is to offer the means for obtaining formal ophthalmic education and allow the successful applicant, after course completion, to work with his/her home government, educational institutions, and ophthalmologists/optometrists to set up formal ophthalmic assistant training programs. We are looking for applicants from Africa, Latin America, South and South-East Asia, and Australia. Prior to applying, the applicant must have arranged a placement with an ophthalmologist for supervision.

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