A Guide to Diagnosis and Management


Saving Vision Through Education

The World Sight Foundation (WSF) has as its central ethos the education of ophthalmic personnel in the developing world to address an estimated 36 million people worldwide affected by blindness.

If we treat we help now – if we teach we help for ever.

Our work

Our mission is to deliver sustainable solutions for the alleviation of blindness, and for preserving sight, anywhere in the world, and is being achieved by enhancing the skills of locally-based eye care professionals through education.


Empowerment through education is a powerful self-help tool. Ownership of any support we give remains local and offers the prospect of sustainable long term benefit.


Enhancing skills

We feel passionately that enhancing skills and increasing the numbers of ophthalmic personnel, particularly doctors and nurses, is an important way of reducing blindness in the world.


Our projects

Stay up-to-date on World Sight Foundations work around the world


/ India

There are 4.8 million blind in India. As in Africa, many of those most in need receive primary...

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/ Malaysia

WSF has established a partnership with the ophthalmic leadership in Alor Setar in Kedah State. From 2014-2018 we...

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/ China

There are 7 million blind in China. WSF has been visiting China over a number of years in...

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/ Gaza

St John Eye Hospital Circumstances have now allowed our co-operation with St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem to...

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/ Lesotho

There are few ophthalmologists for the impoverished population and care in rural communities is particularly sparse and variable....

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/ Kenya

In 2016 we have begun to support the training and post graduate education of Ophthalmic Clinical Officers (OCOs)...

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How are we helping

“ It is an honour to be given this grateful moment on behalf of my colleagues to pass our sincere gratitude to WSF for being with us and for the information you have equipped us with and we promise to implement it to our clinical practice. To our sponsors, we thank you from the core of our hearts, if it was not for you we would not be here. Being an Ophthalmic nurse would just be a wish but because of you it is a dream come true. We cannot thank you enough but we promise to be the best Ophthalmic nurses out there. Once again, our heartfelt thank you to you all. Yours sincerely ”

Ophthalmic Class of year 2016 / 2017 National Health Training College Lesotho

" Good morning for all, have a nice day. On behalf of my colleagues I would like to thank the World Sight Foundation for giving us the opportunity of having Ophthalmic Nursing Assistance course, this has been very good and crucial for our professional growth and future career, many thanks for all employees in this hospital. Thank you"

SJEH Graduation course for nurses - Mohamed Balooshah

“ Malaysia is much indebted to World Sight Foundation for their generous support of two teachers from the UK ( Mrs Jane Tapley and Mrs Clare Carney). They taught a course of orthoptics and conducted workshops. They came to Alor Setar, Kedah in August 2014 and the participants were ophthalmologists, medical officers in training and optometrists from the whole country. They both went to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Borneo) also in August this year. The participants this time were from Borneo, ie two states in Malaysia, which are Sabah and Sarawak, There are only 2 orthoptists based in a government hospital in Kuala Lumpur and 2 in private centres also in Kuala Lumpur. These course were exceptionally well received and will greatly contribute to the knowledge and experience of those in Malaysia who look after children with ophthalmic problems. Thank you again. Sincerely, ”

Haslina Bt Mohd Ali, Head of Ophthalmology Department Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Alor Setar Kedah, Malaysia

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COVID notice

The World Sight Foundation has been unable to travel to our training centres during the Covid 19 Pandemic. We have however developed an on- line teaching initiative and, in order to extend our training capabilities, have taken the opportunity to write a manual entitled Primary Eye Care - A Guide to Diagnosis and Management.