Welcome to African Vision

CATARACTS REMAIN THE leading course of avoidable blindness in the developing world. Cataract is caused by a clouding of the lens of the eye which obstructs the passage of light. Africa lags far behind in meeting the cataract surgical rate recommended by the World Health Organisation and South Africa is no exception. This confines millions of people to a life of avoidable blindness impacting on their quality of life and affecting their loved ones as well who have to provide the necessary support.

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African Vision was established primarily to assist the government to reduce the cataract backlog and strengthen the district health system around eye health.

This is achieved through the mobilization of resources to upskill current and new eye care personnel; provision of equipment; sourcing of consumables; and community eye health awareness.

The support of the Kwa Zulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial government and the collaboration during the past couple of years has ensured that thousands of people in KZN are liberated from unnecessary blindness, improving the quality of their lives.

As the Organisation is moving beyond the borders of KZN to meet the ever growing demands for the services of the organisation we are building new partnerships with other provinces and are proud to announce programs in Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and North West Provinces. We will soon be launching programmes in Gauteng and Mpumulanga.


A world where no African is limited from achieving their human potential because of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.


An African organisation working with partners to strengthen health systems in order to provide equitable access to quality eye health.

Patient screening before surgery

Patients ready and awaiting operation, stickers indicating the eye to be operated

Surgeons busy in theatre with patients

Patient with eye patch after surgery

Patients ready to go home after operation