Context

In Israel, half a million people suffer from eye diseases and trouble with their vision. We now know that 80% of cases of blindness could be avoided if the causes are discovered and treated on time. However, each year two million Israelis become blind. Thanks to ocular screening, early diagnosis and preventative care, thousands of children, adults and elderly people could thus retain their sight.

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE Israel support the project run by the Israeli Association for Ocular Health and the Prevention of Blindness (LIROT). This project will enable the granting of access to eye treatment to a large number of people in Tel Aviv and in the centre of Israel. The association conducts the free screening of vulnerable elderly people and children. Training courses are also provided to increase the number of optometrists. Finally, a new method of screening using telemedicine will be developed to allow doctors to conduct screening without leaving the hospital. During screening, information on eye diseases is made available with a view to making the beneficiaries aware of these pathologies.

Some figures

Thanks to this project, children and elderly people living in disadvantaged areas will be able to benefit from ophthalmological tests. In this way, potential eye diseases will be detected upstream and can be treated before they get worse and cause the patient’s blindness.

2019 budget 10 000 euros

2019 goal 3 500 beneficiaries

History

Project supported since 2017

Total budget 37 000 euros

Total goal 17 075 beneficiaries

In 2017, L'OCCITANE funded a machine for screening amblyopia, a disease that affects almost 8,000 children each year within the country, also funding the training of medical staff on the use of this machine.
In 2018, L'OCCITANE supported an ocular screening project involving 5,000 elderly people who do not have the means by which to access eye treatment, for financial reasons and/or on account of being disabled.