• AAO Unsung Heroes: Martin Spencer, MD

    Ophthalmology has an abundance of unsung heroes who save sight, sometimes overcoming great challenges to deliver medical and surgical eye care. During 2020: Year of the Eye, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is featuring stories about some of these heroes. We are beyond proud that Seva Canada Board Member and longtime supporter and eye care innovator, Dr. Martin Spencer is one of those heroes. We've always known Marty was a hero in scrubs!

    Blog | May 29th, 2020
  • Glaucoma – the Silent Blinding Disease

    If left untreated, most types of glaucoma progress, without warning or obvious symptoms to the patient, towards gradually worsening visual damage that could eventually lead to blindness. And if sight is lost to glaucoma, the visual damage is mostly irreversible. This is why glaucoma has also been labeled as the “silent blinding disease” or the “sneak thief of sight”.

    Blog | May 20th, 2020
  • How Seva Canada's Program Partners Are Doing During COVID -19

    Most medical personnel working with Seva Canada are now focused on providing support to their local hospitals and clinics in any way they can. Hospital beds and equipment are being reallocated to provide medical care to those in greater need. They are practicing ‘Seva’ – selfless service.

    Blog | April 20th, 2020
  • Eye Care Training in Nepal - Creating Sustainable Programs

    "I, (Dr. Marty Spencer, Seva Canada Board Member), just returned from a trip to Nepal for Seva Canada. I have been making these trips to many of the countries that Seva operates in since the 80’s. Like snowflakes, they’re never alike, even though I have been to Nepal about 15 times. I go to teach, but almost always learn even more." Read our blog to learn about Dr. Spencer's trip and how you are helping to create sustainable eye care programs by training locals to care for their own communities.

    Blog | March 28th, 2020
  • The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

    Epidemiologist and Seva Co-Founder, Larry Brilliant, who warned of pandemic in 2006, says we can beat the novel coronavirus—but first, we need lots more testing...14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like.

    Blog | March 20th, 2020
  • Coronavirus Eye Safety

    Experts say guarding your eyes — as well as your hands and mouth — can slow the spread of coronavirus. Here’s why it's important to protect your eyes during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and five ways you can help yourself and others.

    Blog | March 16th, 2020
  • Why Restoring Sight is One of the Most Cost-Effective Health Interventions

    Blindness and poor vision can keep people trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. By restoring sight and preventing blindness, people are able to better take care of their health, contribute to their communities, and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank have stated that restoring a person’s sight is one of the most cost-effective health interventions.

    Blog | March 3rd, 2020
  • Vision 2020: The Right to Sight

    For those of us interested or involved in the global fight against blindness, 2020 is an important year. This is the year when the main causes of preventable and treatable blindness were to have been eliminated. In 1999, VISION 2020 was launched by the World Health Organization and over 20 non-government organizations, including Seva Canada, dedicated themselves to the prevention and management of blindness. Worldwide, we haven’t done what we hoped we would. Why not?

    Blog | February 29th, 2020