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The Washington Post

Debra Bruno

9 August 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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3D ultrasound print outs help doctors perform non-invasive surgery in utero and provide blind parents with images during pregnancy. Doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital first used 3D models to improve surgery for spina b...

NPR

Joe Palca

7 October 2019

Waco, Texas, United States

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It's often difficult to detect eye diseases such as cancer in infants and toddlers because they have trouble sitting still, but a new smartphone app is helping eliminate this challenge. Parents are able to scan photos...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

26 September 2019

Colombia

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Due to rural conditions and political unrest throughout the region, many in Colombia struggle to access health care, but a group of volunteer pilots is tackling this problem by bringing the health care to the communit...

The New York Times

Cade Metz

10 March 2019

Madurai, India

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Compared to India's population, the country is facing a shortage of eye doctors, but artificial intelligence may help close that gap. Partnering with Google artificial intelligence researchers, an eye hospital in Indi...

Pacific Standard

Benjamin Rachlin

18 December 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When Mark Bos lost his eyesight in a motorcycle accident, it didn't seem likely that he'd be able to partake in the active lifestyle he had known before. However, when he started rehabilitation at the Carroll Center f...

New Vision

Lillian Namusoke Magezi

14 August 2018

Uganda

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Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness, but mass antibiotic treatment helped rural Ugandans reduce trachoma cases. By instituting a treatment plan that met rural residents where they live, educ...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

16 July 2018

Geta, Nepal

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To combat trachoma in Nepal, the W.H.O. has partnered with pharmaceutical companies to provide access to services. In addition to drug donations and affordable services, W.H.O. is building trust by empowering local he...

CNN

Meera Senthilingam

20 June 2018

Yendi, Ghana

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Trachoma is a debilitating disease in which the eyelids turn inwards, causing a person's eyelashes to repeatedly scrape and eventually scar their eyes causing excruciating pain and blindness. The World Health Organiza...

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Karla Pequenino

16 June 2018

Portugal

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ColorADD is a system of symbolic shapes representing colors for those that are challenged to perceive shades or are colorblind. The system is used extensively throughout Portugal on subway maps, crayons, and other app...

The New York Times

Andrew Jacobs

5 May 2018

Panipat, Haryana, India

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The World Health Organization estimates that $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year due to untreated poor eyesight. Several organizations, such as EYElliance and Aravind Eye Hospital, are working to com...

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Maja Prijatelj Videmšek

24 June 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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A new tablet, called the Feelif multimedia device, allows blind children to learn braille and geometry and play interactive learning games with their fingers. The device allows children to create drawings and write on...

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Arlina Arshad

24 June 2017

Sumatra, Indonesia

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A New Vision is a Singapore-based non-profit that provides free cataract surgery to impoverished people in Indonesia. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world, and 50 percent of these cases are...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

7 November 2015

Hetauda, Central Region, Nepal

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In the past, people in poor countries who became blind due to cataracts often had no hope of improvement because of the high costs of treatment. Nepalese ophthalmologist, Sanduk Ruit, perfected a cheap and effective c...

Science Magazine

Rhitu Chatterjee

22 October 2015

New Delhi, India

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Defying expectations, cataract surgery in Indian children is endowing them with vision—and shedding light on how the brain learns to see.

The Lancet

Amy Yee

23 June 2012

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In Nepal, specialty eye hospitals are training staff to travel to remote areas of the country to provide eye care to rural communities. This initiative is aimed to prevent and treat trachoma, a degenerative eye diseas...

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