About The Kikuyu Eye Unit
The Kikuyu Eye Unit is part of Kikuyu Hospital, situated about 40km from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Since being founded in 1975, the clinic has continued to grow and has been active in Kenya and the surrounding region through the help of Light for the World
. The eye unit carries out an incredible number of diagnostic and surgical procedures each year, restoring eyesight to thousands of people who had previously been blind.
A Huge Problem
Because of poverty and the resulting states of malnutrition, bad basic hygiene conditions and inadequate health education available, the rate of severely impaired vision and blindness in Kenya is extremely high. Globally there are 37 million blind people and 180 million people with severely impaired vision – 90% of those affected live in Kenya and other developing countries.
Kikuyu Opens Eyes
To open up the eyes of those affected by blindness, to bring light into their darkness to allow people to again experience vast palette of colors, shapes and other facets of the visual world – This is the goal of the Kikuyu Eye Unit. Doctors, nurses and other trained helpers at the Eye Unit diagnose an incredible number of cases each year (approximately 70,000) and perform surgery on a no less astounding number of them (approximately 8,600).