An estimated 400,000 South Africans are already blind – with approximately 240,000 of these people going blind from cataracts (official estimations).

The cataract surgery rate for South Africa is higher than most other African nations, but still far below the Vision 2020 goal of 2,500 per million of the population.

The number of cataract cases is increasing each year and there are those who unofficially estimate the number of blind people as a result of cataracts to be approaching 500,000.

In addition, it is often children who are asked to care for the blind person in the family, and this disempowers them as far as their formal education is concerned.


Screen the elderly for macular degeneration, glaucoma and other serious conditions, and refer them to a tertiary hospital for treatment.

Fully assess refractive errors, and distribute a minimum of 4,000 pairs of glasses.

Identify development of Cataracts and perform cataract surgery when quality of sight warrants it

Screening school children for visual impairment and provide free prescription spectacles



The implantation of the Grace Vision Rural Eye Care Programme has brought new level of eye care service to the rural community south east of Mthatha. The year 2014 saw the ongoing sustainable outreach into the communities who had lost all confidence in the existence of government eye care procedures. The number of patients daily who come for eye examinations and treatment has in some cases increased fivefold. We have achieved one of our objectives, which was to re-establish confidence in the community that reliable eye care could be possible.

The year ending December 2017 saw a total of 15, 325 patients screened; 2,320 pairs of glasses distributed; more than 4,500 bottles of eye drops were prescribed; 579 cataract patients identified, and 249 cases of cataract surgery performed. We expect these numbers to increase substantially during the next year as confidence in the government clinic system returns to the region.

We were unable to extract information from the Government Medical Records about the history of eye care in this region and we are therefore making a confident assumption. With consent from the Hospital Superintendent, we can confidently say that what has taken place since September 2012, is more eye care than has happened in this region for the past 50 years!

Ministry opportunities to come alongside patients and share the love of Jesus are an amazing blessing to all. We are able to share the Word through handouts, one on one sharing, praying for expressed needs and even allowing a patient with previously poor vision to once again read the Bible. We appreciate the support of our volunteers who work tirelessly towards our goals.


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Zithulele Mission
Zithulele Village
Mqanduli District 5080
Eastern Cape
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