Bausch + Lomb and CROMA Donate Urgently-Needed Eye Drops
Product Will Benefit 25,000 People in Africa via LIGHT FOR THE WORLD.
An estimated 16 million people suffer blindness as a resulted of cataracts, making it the leading cause of blindness globally. Cataract is the clouding of the human eye´s crystalline lens. This is despite cataract surgery being one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide. For many, poverty makes accessing even basic eye care impossible. The Austrian organization LIGHT FOR THE WORLD supports people who have no access to ophthalmic care. Through cataract surgeries performed in 145 different projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southeast Europe, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD saved the sight of 41,369 people in 2011.
Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, and CROMA, a private global specialty pharmaceutical and surgical company, have donated 50,000 eye drops (bromfenac sodium sesquihydrate), a highly effective, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for postoperative ocular inflammation following cataract extraction, to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD’s projects in Africa. These eye drops, are vital for post-operative -treatment of cataract patients.
“This generous donation is remarkable and will have a huge impact on our projects!” states Dr. Karl Rigal, Chief Resident Ophthalmologist at the Vienna Hanusch-Hospital and voluntary board member of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. “The eye drops work well. As they only have to be used twice a day, this makes the after-treatment in countries where medical care hardly exists, much easier. This is of real benefit to patients in developing countries who often are not used to taking medicine at all.”
Cataract surgery takes 15 minutes and in a developing country costs on average around €30. The surgery can restore sight even when someone has been blind from cataract for many years. However, without proper care after the cataract surgery, complications can develop leading to diminished vision or even loss of sight.
”It is our social responsibility and commitment to support the improvement of vision in economically challenged regions of the world, said Mag. Gerhard Prinz, CEO of CROMA Pharma GmbH. “CROMA has been contributing to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD for many years and we are proud to make a difference in improving health and quality of life.”
“We are delighted to be able to support LIGHT THE WORLD in their effort to improve the sight of people in Africa,” said Calvin Roberts, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, Bausch + Lomb. “Proper post-operative care is the key to maximizing the surgery’s results – ultimately achieving the best possible outcome for the patient.”