Tag Archives: Sight Giving

Profiles in One for One: Dr. Mariano Yee, founder of Visualiza Eye Care Center

After wrapping up his studies in ophthalmology in 2002, Dr. Mariano Yee founded the Visualiza Eye Care System with the help of his brother, Nicolás, and his wife, Kimberly, to provide high-quality eye care in Guatemala City. Moved by Guatemalan’s in need of eye care, but unable to access or afford it, Dr. Mariano and his staff expanded Visualiza in 2005 to offer public eye care services. Following Aravind’s model — the world’s largest eye care system, Visualiza’s paying patients subsidize those that cannot afford care. In 2012, Visualiza became a TOMS Sight Giving Partner. Read on as Dr. Mariano tells…

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Introducing TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Since 1995, Visualiza Eye Care Center, has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2002, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access eye care at an affordable rate; their fees were subsidized by Visualiza’s private side. It was the first time this had been done in Latin America. Despite the many critics, Dr. Mariano Yee and his staff have successfully run the social and private clinic at the same time, providing the same high quality of service to each patient,…

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Heba Receives New Prescription Glasses

At TOMS, our mission to restore sight is fueled by the effectiveness of treatment. That’s why we currently work with 17 Sight Giving Partners to help eliminate avoidable blindness and restore sight in 13 countries worldwide. Around the globe, uncorrected refractive error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment. Refractive errors develop when the eye has difficulty focusing on objects clearly. Whether the trouble is with objects that are near or far, the resulting blurred vision can cause visual impairment at any age. While refractive errors cannot be prevented, they can be treated — starting with an eye…

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With a Father’s Sight Restored, a Family Rejoices

Name: Habibur Age: 40 Country: Bangladesh Sight Giving Partner: Quasem Foundation, Marium Eye Hospital In 2010, Habibur, a worker at a biscuit production factory in Bangladesh, began losing sight in his right eye due to cataract. By 2012, he also lost sight in his other eye, causing him to be bilaterally blind. Unable to see and perform his work every day, Habibur eventually lost his job, causing his family’s household income to suffer. As a result, his wife could no longer tend to the children and returned to work as a housemaid so she could support the family. After receiving a TOMS-supported cataract surgery…

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Meet TOM: Andrea, from Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Allow us to introduce TOM. Her name is Andrea. For Andrea, a high-profile job in advertising making television commercials wasn’t enough – she was driven by a desire to help others. So she joined Visualiza Eye Care Center, which operates an ophthalmology center that helps provide free and affordable eye care to people in need. Since 2002, Visualiza has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2005, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access to eye care at an affordable…

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What are Cataracts?

Looking through the window nearly two years ago, Sanh Sorng, 71 from Cambodia, noticed that everything he saw was blurry. The vision in both of his eyes was deteriorating and everything looked like it was filtered through a smoke-like screen. Upon visiting the Battambang Eye Unit and receiving a full eye exam, he was told he had cataract in both eyes. Cataract is the leading global cause of blindness, responsible for 51% of vision loss worldwide. Cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye, which can cause a blockage in the passage of light. It results in blurry…

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Introducing Africa by Sarah T.

This Spring, we’re excited to take you along on a journey we recently had in East Africa. From Shoe Giving in the hills of Rwanda to visiting rural eye clinics in Tanzania, our trip was jam-packed with adventure and opportunities to learn about the incredible work our TOMS Giving Partners are doing on the ground every day. Today, we’re handing the floor over to Sarah, a Giving Account Specialist at TOMS, who has a focus on building relationships with our Partners in Africa. She has a wealth of knowledge on East Africa and helped guide us along the journey. Take…

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Saving sight in Ethiopia: Tajitu’s story

Name: Tajitu Age: 65 Location: Gimbi, Ethiopia Giving Partner: Light for the World For more than a year, Tajitu believed she could no longer see just because she was getting older. At 65, her husband and three children — two elder boys and one young girl —took care of her; helping to feed and dress her, and assisting in Tajitu’s daily activities. Over time, her impaired vision became unbearable; a major challenge to her entire family, who earns an income from a small farm that produces coffee products. Tajitu’s eldest son, who works for the government in a town called Gimbi in…

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#BESHADY for Gender Equality

Jessica Shortall, TOMS Director of Sight Giving, joined the TOMS family in 2009. She has been an integral part of helping launch TOMS Sight Giving and a vocal advocate for our Giving Partners that TOMS works with to help restore sight in 13 countries around the world. This World Sight Day, she’s excited to share with you why it’s important to wear your shades inside and #BESHADY. Today, she shares why we’re being shady for gender equality. In many countries, females aren’t given the same opportunities as men. With the help of Seva foundation, more than half of TOMS-supported sight…

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