Local Non-Profit Continues To Bring Sight to Hundreds of Thousands Throughout the World
Sep 27, 2018

[Madison, WI] If you could change someone’s life for $25, would you?

That is exactly what local non-profit, Combat Blindness International (CBI) is doing around the world. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Suresh Chandra of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, CBI is dedicated to eliminating avoidable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight through partnerships and innovation.

Globally there are over 37 million people who are blind and 50% of that blindness is caused by cataracts. For $25, a simple 20-minute cataract surgery is performed and in 24 hours a person can have their sight back. To date, CBI has helped to end avoidable blindness in more than 12 countries on four continents, including locally in Madison, WI. CBI has restored sight to over 345,000 individuals and screened over 500,000 children for glasses and eye diseases.

Combat Blindness International will once again host World Sight Day on October 10, 2018 at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

World Sight Day is an international day of awareness of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. CBI’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jonathan Patz , Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This event will focus on life without sight and how global citizenship plays a role in alleviating blindness for millions of people around the world. Dr. Patz co-chaired the health expert panel of the first Congressional mandated UW National Assessment on Climate Change and served as the lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Patz shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for his work as the lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

World Sight Day will take place on October 10, 2018 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM at the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club. Along with guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Patz, this event will feature a variety of information regarding the work of Combat Blindness International. Dinner is included and will feature dishes from the countries CBI serves around the world. Tickets are $75 for a regular ticket and $40 for a young-professional ticket.

100% of the donations and proceeds from the event will go toward CBI’s programs around the world. This impact is measurable in the city of Madison itself, where CBI supports screenings in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District and supports a free vision clinic with UW Hospital for under or uninsured individuals.

Through this clinic, CBI has helped to support over 2,000 vision screenings and over 100 surgeries. By ensuring equitable care, CBI has demonstrated their commitment to change communities both locally and globally. “When you give someone their sight back, you not only change that person’s life, but you help to transform an entire community,”—Dr. Suresh Chandra, Founder & Chairman of Combat Blindness International


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