“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
One World One Vision is a non-profit organization of committed individuals dedicated to reducing vision loss resulting from ocular misalignment (strabismus). Its outreach is global with emphasis on developing countries whose affected citizens, many of whom are children, have little or no access to effective care.
One World One Vision works with governments and non-governmental agencies. It provides highly trained surgeons and support personnel to not only treat patients but also educate and train local doctors and health care givers in the identification and management of individuals with strabismus. We also provide training in pediatric anesthesia to ensure a safe and effective operating room environment.
One World One Vision has formally established partnerships in Belize, Kenya, Nepal, Guatemala and China. They provide state of the art care to patients and closely work with and train the local eye doctors during their visits. They have successfully treated hundreds of patients during their program visits. However, their greatest impact is the countless numbers of other patients who continue to receive quality care from their local eye doctors who have been given the gift of state of the art training in strabismus. In addition, the One World One Vision team has included pediatric anesthesiologists, intensivists, and pediatricians who not only provide cutting edge care but who also teach.
It is estimated that 70 million children suffer from visually threatening eye misalignment (strabismus) in developing countries. The life expectancy of a blind child in these countries is reported to be less than 5 years. Although there are an increasing number of eye doctors in these developing countries, many have little if any training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Sadly, many of these affected children are neglected and must suffer the lasting effects of their visual disability. As adults, they often become societal outcasts and have trouble finding a job or getting married due to the stigma of their handicap. However, if they are identified and treated early, many can overcome their disability and lead perfectly normal, healthy, and happy lives. The key is getting the care they deserve.