Sight Savers are patients and non-patients who make a donation that helps us provide free treatment to people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of the severest forms of visual disability occur among populations who cannot afford treatment, particularly if it involves surgery and long-term medical care or rehabilitation.
Patients who are classified as Sight Savers pay a slightly higher fee that covers the cost of their treatment as well as the treatment of a non-paying patient. Non-patients who are Sight Savers usually donate toward a specific cause, such as a certain number of free cataract surgeries per year, or the rehabilitation of so many children per year. The donations from Sight Savers make it possible for us to set aside fifty percent of our services for those who cannot afford to pay.