• 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
  • Sight and Self-Confidence

    "Little by little, I realized that my vision was going, until I could no longer see," said Francísca, remembering the year she dropped out of high school because she was no longer able to read the board. As her eyesight worsened, Francísca's self-confidence diminished.

    Sight stories | March 6th, 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
  • What is 20/20 Vision?

    We often refer to "20/20" vision but what does it actually mean? 20/20 is a term used to express normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet or 6 metres (6/6 vision). If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see from 20 feet.

    Blog | February 28th, 2020
  • From Problems to Solutions: Translating Knowledge Into Practice

    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.

    Blog | February 28th, 2020
  • It is Just an Irritated Eye

    Omonuwa, a young boy in Benin, had been complaining about his eye for a few weeks. His frustrated father told him “it’s just irritated, you’ll be fine.” And he eventually would be, thanks to donors like you. **Warning** This story is not for the faint of heart!

    Sight stories | February 28th, 2020
  • We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home

    In memoriam, Ram Dass. “Of course, there would have been no Seva without Ram Dass. Seva was born out of an impossible brew and Ram Dass was a key ingredient.” Drs. Girija and Larry Brilliant, Seva Co-founders

    Blog | February 28th, 2020
  • See & Be Seen Eyecare

    See & Be Seen Eyecare in Toronto is Seva Canada’s newest corporate supporter and we’d like to welcome them to our community. “We believe in the power of purpose. We don’t just make eyewear. Our goal is to help the world see better and it’s the heart of everything we do.” - Priya Malik-Patel, Co-Founder

    Blog | February 28th, 2020