Better training for doctors and modern treatment are the key to fighting preventable blindness in South America
At the beginning of the month, a diagnostic, treatment and training center for eye doctors sponsored by ZEISS opened its doors in the Paraguayan capital. Together with cooperation partners, ZEISS wants to use this center to provide high-quality eye care and training in South America.
ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY/JENA, GERMANY – 12 November 2013
Scientific advances and innovations in medical technology open up medical care to an increasing number of people and enable them live their lives. Nonetheless, more than 39 million people around the world suffer from blindness. Around half of them have curable cataract, while another 246 million have other kinds of visual impairment. Training for doctors in conjunction with state-of-the-art treatments is vital to the fight to eliminate preventable blindness. To improve medical care in South America, ZEISS joined forces with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), the Fundación Visión and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to establish a diagnostic, treatment and training center operated by the Fundación Visión. The IAPB Latin American Center of Excellence in Asunción, Paraguay, is the fourth diagnostic and training center sponsored by ZEISS. The facility was officially opened as part of the VISION 2020, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness.