A two-story montage has been unveiled in the lobby of the Truhlsen Eye Institute at UNMC, serving as a beacon to illuminate a noble and global effort.
The mural celebrates the work of the Institutes for Prevention of Global Blindness in developing countries. Relying on volunteer staff, it is possible to treat cataracts for only about $20 per patient.
This is about more than just restoring sight. It is often a matter of life and death.
Mike Feilmeier, with the Global Blindness Division, said, “People who have blindness in the developing world have one third the life expectancy of someone with blindness here in the United States. Children, in fact, fare far worse and blindness in children in that setting is often a death sentence and those patients often live only maybe a year or two with blindness."
The mural shows the institute's work in developing nations from Africa to Nepal. It was edited from a pool of more than 2,000 images submitted for the project.