Fiona's Eye Fund

Help us restore eyesight

Thousands of people in developing countries suffer from cataract blindness but have very little access to eye care. Fiona's Eye Fund enables UK doctors and nurses to spend time in these countries performing sight restoring cataract operations.

 Our new project:

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little girl after cataract op

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crowd waiting

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happy cataract patient
happy cataract patient

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WHAT WE DO

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Cataract camps

In developing countries such as Ethiopia cataract blindness affects thousands of people of all ages. In rural areas there is very little access to eye care. We fund teams of eye doctors and nurses to travel to Ethiopia for a week once a year to set up an eye camp in a rural area and perform cataract operations. 
2,850 people have been given their sight back. 

Support & Research

We award funding to individual doctors if we feel that their projects satisfy the remit of the fund and will improve eye care in a developing area. We have funded doctors to go to Tanzania, Malawi, Swaziland, Benin, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia.

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Our clinic in Ethiopia

In 2012 Fiona's Eye Fund opened a clinic in Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia, named The Fiona Dolan Eye Clinic. Fiona's family travelled to Ethiopia to open it officially. For the last few years it has unfortunately not been possible to visit the clinic as it is in an area of civil unrest.  Meanwhile our teams have visited many other safer areas. 

 New Project: karenaid
In March of this year we will take over the wonderful work of the karenaid Charity in funding doctors to give eye care to the ethnic groups including the Karen, Karenni, and Mon who live on the border between Thailand and Myanmar.  
Patients in Thailand
 

FIONA'S STORY

Fiona's Eye Fund was set up in memory of Dr Fiona Dolan, formerly a Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology, Glasgow. When Fiona died in 2007 aged 36,  colleagues friends and family set up this fund to enable doctors to travel to developing  countries to improve eye care.