The problems faced by the global eye care community are well-documented yet the solutions are not.

While we know how many people are blind, where and from what, this knowledge alone will not cure blindness. The most successful eye programs are those who put their research into action, transforming what they know into what they do. This process of ‘knowledge translation’ is at the core of Seva Canada’s approach to partnerships and programming.

The most successful eye programs are those who put their research into action, transforming what they know into what they do. This process of ‘knowledge translation’ is at the core of Seva Canada’s approach to partnerships and programming.

While each country we work in is unique, the process we undertake is always the same: we establish a program team, including technical experts, clinicians and local community members. We work together to generate local evidence, discuss the results, explore gaps, and clarify the stories that data alone cannot tell. Once we know the root causes, we brainstorm possible solutions and develop interventions to be tested locally and, if successful, disseminated globally.

Only by continually generating, translating and testing knowledge, will we reach our goal  of eliminating avoidable blindness.

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