90% of people with curable blindness live in third world countries with limited access to proper medical care. In addition, many children in developing countries are blind, and 50% of children who become blind die within one year.
Nonprofits across the world have created entire infrastructures around healing people of their blindness including helping to build medical facilities in many different countries. These organizations also train local doctors on the latest procedures and treatments for eye care.
The majority of people with treatable blindness have cataracts.
Cataracts occurs when the part of the eye called the lens becomes cloudy, which makes a person’s vision so blurry over time that they become blind. Treating this is simple. A surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial one. This new lens is nearly identical to the natural lens of the eye.
In third world countries cataract surgeries are much cheaper than in The United States for a few reasons.
In the U.S. doctors charge a lot more for their services and medical care in general is much more expensive. There isn’t so much red tape to cut through in the third world. Nonprofits and other NGOs have helped to set up clinics and train doctors to perform this procedure quickly and cheaply.
The surgery itself requires only a small incision and is usually complete within 15 minutes. The process of creating the artificial lenses has been completely streamlined and can be produced for under $2.
The actual cost of a cataract surgery varies widely per country. Many people with cataracts live in remote villages and part of the cost of the surgery involves surgeons traveling to those villages or transporting the patients to the hospital. On average $50 is a close approximation to the cost of restoring one persons vision.
When you buy a pair of Brownies, $50 of your purchase goes toward building medical facilities with the required equipment for eye care, training surgeons and providing people in need with cataract surgeries.
We wanted to create something that would both help people who are suffering in third world countries and inspire those of us who are more fortunate toward acts of compassion.
Our mission is to help as many people as we can who have a curable form of blindness. Wanting to bring this message to light in a cool way, we created Brownie Sunglasses.
Worldwide the leading causes of avoidable blindness are cataracts (50%), glaucoma (15%), corneal opacities (10%), trachoma (6.8%), childhood blindness (5.3%) and onchocerciasis (4%).
Our vision is a world where everyone has the access to the medical care that they deserve. We see it as a very real possibility that this problem could be completely solved in the not so distant future.