Eyes for East Africa (UK) is a registered charity [No. 1053222], which was registered on 23rd February 1996. Its objects are: "To promote the relief, care and treatment of blind and partially-sighted people who are treated by Kwale District Eye Centre, Kenya".
The Kwale District Eye Centre operates in a poor rural district on the Kenya Coast. It was founded in 1993 by UK trained ophthalmologist Dr Helen Roberts. The aim of the Eye Centre is to provide affordable, accessible eye care to combat the totally unnecessary rate of blindness that occurs in the area. No patients are refused treatment. Donations are required, particularly to allow poor patients to undergo surgical procedures. The Eye Centre's Report for December 2014 is now available.
There are many cases of child and youth blindness, mainly preventable and symptomatic of poor diet and parental ignorance. The most common cause of blindness is cataract, for which treatment is by surgery and the insertion of lenses.
Since 1993, 90,000 new patients have been registered at the Centre’s base. This figure does not include all the patients seen, as many need to return for ongoing follow up and care. Many thousands of patients are still receiving support and eye care services both at base, in schools and in the field.
In addition to the patients seen at the clinic, over 500,000 patients have been seen in the field. Over 35,000 eye operations have been performed most of which were sight restoring cataract operations. In remote parts of Kenya 24,000 patients have been treated . No patients are refused treatment. Donations are required, particularly to allow poor patients to undergo surgical procedures.
In addition to caring for patients, the Eye Centre also carries out research and training. It is recognised by the Medical Professional and Dentists board, and is an official training centre for the University of Nairobi, Department of Ophthalmology.
This site contains information about the Eye Centre, its staff, its patients and its supporters. Regular features include monthly news items and annual reports. In addition a short video of work at the Kwale District Eye Centre is available on YouTube.
In October 2013, Sean Usher, a member of the Rotary Club of Farnborough (England), interviewed Dr Helen Roberts MBE over Skype; you can see the interview on the Club's website.
Kwale Eye Centre is a well-established eye clinic offering treatment of eye diseases on a very high level, according to modern standards in the Western world. This includes surgery for cataract and glaucoma as well as laser treatment of eye diseases such as caused by diabetes, cardiovascular failure or glaucoma.
Kwale Eye Centre is committed to charity. It supports the needy though donations as well as through clinic income. No patients are refused treatment, so funds are required particularly to allow poor people to undergo surgical procedures.
In order to continue this important work, we charge moderate fees (higher than those seen on the charitable web site) to those who are better off. Our fees are not beyond the average charges in Kenya and well below overseas charges.
Every patient who is paying for our services makes a very valuable contribution to support the needy people in saving or restoring their sight.