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WHERE IT ALL STARTED

In 2009, three South Australian ophthalmologists Drs. James Muecke, Henry Newland and Bob Casson volunteered on sight–saving projects in Asia.

Sight For All was established in 2009 after it’s three founders, Dr James Muecke AM, Prof Robert Casson and A/Prof Henry Newland conducted an epidemiological study in Myanmar, witnessing firsthand the staggering amount of treatable blindness in the country.

Approximately half of this blindness was due to cataract and was being tackled by other eye health NGO’s. However the other 50% included diseases such as glaucoma, childhood blindness and corneal opacities. This ‘higher hanging fruit’ on ‘The Tree of Blindness’ needed to be addressed – hence Sight For All was born.

Sight For All’s purpose is to empower communities with the expertise to eliminate treatable blindness in all its forms. Our primary aim is to empower communities with the skills and equipment to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Sight For All’s ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ approach provides a sustainable pathway to the elimination of treatable blindness.

our VISION

A world where everyone can see.




our PURPOSE

Empowering communities with the expertise to eliminate blindness.

our VALUES

Collaboration – Encouraging participation of all stakeholders in project design, implementation and monitoring.
Sustainability – Fostering self-reliance through projects that positively impact communities into the future.
Respect – Celebrating everyone’s contribution by recognising their value and dignity.

Equity – Valuing the input of all, and acknowledging diversity of background,
experience and ability.

Excellencecontinuously working to improve ourselves and our business operations.

WHAT WE DO

Sight For All raises funds to deliver eye health care projects free of charge to our partner countries and communities. Our projects are underpinned by our 4 pillars of collaborative research, infrastructure support, sustainable education and eye health awareness.

WHY WE DO IT

There are 285 million people in the world who are vision impaired or blind. Yet approximately 90 per cent of blindness or vision impairment is preventable or treatable. This is a health issue that can be resolved with a sustainable and innovative approach.

HOW WE DO IT

We are focused on developing sustainable solutions for refractive error, glaucoma, retinal and corneal conditions, childhood blindness and many other diseases. Our sustainable projects are aimed at ensuring our colleagues will in future carry on providing services without our ongoing support. With a focus on development and not on the provision of welfare or crisis support, our educational projects are designed to increase the capacity of partner institutions to provide specialised ophthalmic support in the community.   

OUR VISIONARIES

Sight For All is supported by a team of over 120 eye care professionals who, on average, donate over 10,000 hours annually. This voluntary team, known as Visionaries, travel to our partner countries to teach, mentor and guide colleagues in their own environment, with the overall aim of eliminating blindness in Australia and partner countries.

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