Data tells us what, how many, and where, but it has no meaning on its own; evidence-based research tells us why. Research isn’t the data Seva collects; it’s how we interpret, validate, test and use that data to advance our understanding of eye care programs. We need both data and research to  drive our decision-making and to improve our impact and  cost-effectiveness.

One of Seva Canada’s best examples of innovation through research was when we, with our partner the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), became the first eye care organizations to separate our data into male and female patients. This simple act of analyzing our data led to the understanding that 2/3 of the world’s burden of blindness was borne by women and girls. 

Girls in Ethiopia by D. Berman

Based on our findings, KCCO and Seva Canada implemented strategies to achieve gender equity in the treatment of blindness that resulted in a 10% reduction of the number of women who are blind. A perfect example of research driving innovation.

Unfortunately, the statistical improvement does not extend to girls who are still only half as likely as boys to receive eye care services. With your support, we will continue to research and innovate to ensure everyone has an equal right to sight.

Sight Stories and News

  • 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
  • Give the Gift of Sight this Father's Day!

    “I will be so happy if my father can see. Thank you Seva for your good deed. I hope my father lives forever.” Kebe’s daughter This Father's Day, make dreams come true and give the gift of sight in honour of the father's in your life!

    Blog | May 27th, 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