We pay it forward by donating to Sight Savers International
If you've been seen by one of our consultants or had any surgery with us you are one of the luckiest people on the planet! The absence of even basic healthcare in many parts of the world is still a major cause of blindness. 50 million people are estimated to be blind simply from cataract, a reversible cause of blindness for which we consider surgery routine. 200 million people simply don't see well due to refractive errors that could be corrected with glasses.
The clinic decided to pay it forward in 2018 and now donate £20 to the international charity Sight Savers for every feedback form we receive, whether good or bad, through our feedback service Trustpilot. Sight Savers International has provided over 6 million cataract operations and over 250 million treatments for river blindness. We continue to support their invaluable work in protecting sight and fighting for disability rights.
Advanced Vision Surgery Ltd support the excellent work of the Refugee Council in their efforts to help the child victims of war. As a parent of 2 little girls Mr Angunawela was very moved by the stories of child refugees of the war in Syria when invited to the Better Community Business Network annual charity dinner in February 2016. The AVS clinic pledged £1000 to become a guardian to one of these children and support the work of the Refugee Council on their behalf.
£275'000 was raised for the Refugee Council by generous donors during the evening.
We support Lend With Care
Advanced Vision Surgery has pledged £10'000 in 2015 to the microfinance loan charity Lend With Care. Lend With Care allows donors to help people in developing countries to help themselves by investing in simple business ideas. As these businesses grow it lifts these entrepreneurs and their families out of poverty and on a path to success and survival. Helping people to help themselves to lead a life with the basics of survival that we take for granted in the UK.
Mr Angunawela's clinic will continue to donate to Lend With Care by contributing money from each surgery undertaken. Please follow the link to help someone improve their life - Lend With Care
Mr Angunawela supports the Himalayan Vision Project
In the United Kingdom we enjoy access to cutting edge surgery and the best standards of health care. Many regions of the world have little access to basic services that we take for granted. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job has been the work that I have done as part of the Himalayan Vision Project. This charity is part of a larger project (Himalayan Health Project) that provides dental and women's care to the people of the isolated Nubra Valley and surrounding areas. As part of a group of eye surgeons, nurses, optometrists and orthoptists, we were able to provide health care to over 3 thousand children and adults in the Nubra Valley.
Whilst we did perform cataract surgery and pterygium surgery on a number of patients, perhaps the greatest impact was made by the hundreds of pairs of prescription spectacles that were given to patients. Access to spectacles is limited and many patients have uncorrected prescriptions. Thousands of pairs of sunglasses which prevent UV eye damage were also eagerly accepted by many of the patients.
To reach the Nubra Valley one must journey over the Khardung la pass, through the Himalayan mountain range. At 18380 feet, this is the highest motorable road in the world. At this altitude many eye conditions are related to sun exposure and severe pterygia and cataracts are commonplace. Patients were informed of our trip weeks before our arrival by Mountain Radio and walked many days from their villages to be seen. None were turned away.
I continue to work with the Himalayan Vision Project. The grateful smiles of the children and adults in the Himalayas make the effort worthwhile.