Our mission is to restore sight to young children and adults living with preventable corneal blindness in the Western Cape. We raise funds to provide world class technology to manage corneal blindness.
More about our cause
Corneal blindness affects more than 12 million people around the globe. 80% of this is preventable. South Africa is no different, except that corneal services in our country are hugely under-resourced. For patients as young as 8, this means very long waiting times to get help.
The Eyes2Eyes Foundation’s vision is to deliver dignified, patient centered eye-care to the most vulnerable in our communities.
No child or young adult should be denied the right to sight restoration when it is possible. The gift of sight means a child can go to school, a young adult can further their studies, while parents can provide for their families and actively engage in our economy.
Our foundation is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
What drives us
The Eyes2Eyes Foundation launched our custom design Scleral Lens Programme at the Groote Schuur Cornea Clinic in June 2021.
90 young patients diagnosed with advanced keratoconus have joined our programme in 16 months. Keratoconus is an eye disease causing thinning and bulging of the cornea. These young individuals lives are put on hold as they struggle with severe visual impairment or blindness. The solution to their condition is not funded in public healthcare.
The impact of this invisible disability is tragic, impacting education, employment and mental health.
With precision designed scleral lenses that create a smooth optical surface, we can restore their sight. Our foundation has established a strong team of skilled professionals in South Africa and New Zealand, dedicated to world class care for patients in the Western Cape.