The Pediatric Cataract Initiative is a partnership between the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of overcoming pediatric cataract — a debilitating childhood condition that clouds the eye’s natural lens — for the long-term benefit of children, their families and their communities.
In addition to its global research grant, the Initiative provided US$150,000 Tianjian Hospital in the People’s Republic of China, where at least 40,000 children are estimated to suffer from pediatric cataract. The grant will provide for training and education, equipment and screenings. The prevalence of pediatric cataract ranges from one to four children per 10,000 births in developing countries — 10 times the rate of occurrence in developed nations.
About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. The LCIF SightFirst program builds comprehensive eye care systems to prevent the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. Since 1990, the SightFirst program has helped restore sight to more than 30 million people around the world, investing US$415 million for improvement of hundreds of eye care facilities, surgeries and medication, and training of thousands of eye care professionals. For more information, visit www.lcif.org.
About the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute
The Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute is a program of the global eye health company focusing on children’s vision research, treatment, prevention and advocacy. Founded in 1853, Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, with its contact lenses and solutions, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, and ophthalmic surgical products available in approximately 100 countries. For more information, visit www.bausch.com.