Little Eyes International

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Little Eyes International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Arizona. As pediatric eye care providers, our goal is to offer optical, clinical, and surgical eye care services to underserved children in Arizona and Mexico. Our mission is to prevent and cure childhood blindness in patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

What we do

Child before surgery

Need for Eye Care

Globally, there is a shortage of pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists. The shortage of adequate eye care providers limits access for underserved children who are uninsured or underinsured to receive the health care they need to prevent abnormal visual development.

OneSight partnered with Deloitte to conduct an extensive study and determined that 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from vision loss and lack access to vision care. For all of them, vision can be restored with a simple pair of glasses.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired and 80% of visual impairment can be prevented or cured.

Child after surgery

Medical Services

  • Complete eye exams
  • Evaluation for glasses
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Amblyopia, Strabismus, and other childhood ocular diseases
  • Access to glasses
  • Eye care education
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Surgical services

  • Strabismus (eye crossing or drifting)
  • Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (eye tearing)
  • Excisional removal of eyelid growths
  • Congenital ptosis (droopy eyelid)
Most causes of childhood blindness are preventable if children receive eye care and treatment from a young age. Unfortunately many children in developing countries and even the United States do not have access to this standard medical care. Our organization is dedicated to preventing blindness and improving vision to children in need. Our current efforts are focused in Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico where we run a monthly eye clinic. We currently have two major fundraising goals:
  1. Raising funds to purchase the equipment needed to make eye glasses in Puerto Peñasco
  2. Raising funds to set up operating rooms and provide surgical care to children who need sight saving procedures

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

Vincent van Gogh

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