Our member agencies are spread across the Caribbean region from Belize on one side to Guyana on the other. Find out more about our Member Agencies .
WHAT WE DO
We believe that persons with blindness or visual impairments, are entitled to some basic services and opportunities, wherever they live. We believe that a number of international conventions & initiatives, provide useful impetus to our cause. Read More.
The Caribbean Council for the Blind-Eye Care Caribbean [CCB-Eye Care Caribbean], in collaboration with the World Blind Union (WBU) and Perkins Institutional Development Programme, hosted a Leadership Development Workshop for persons (youths) with visual impairment during July 26th to 29th, 2010.
The Workshop was held at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and participants were drawn from The Bahamas (Antoine Munroe), Barbados (Felicia Balgobin, Lisa Williams, Shonnel Holmes and Tacita Ford), Dominica (Wayne Raphael), Jamaica (Sharmalee Cardoza and Vivian Blake) and St. Lucia (Stacia Jules and Orlando Alcide).
“I feel like a brand new man”- These were the words of Kenneth Higgins who smiled from ear to ear, twenty four (24) hours after vision was restored to his left eye following cataract surgery.
Higgins, 79, had been down this road before. In April 2010 he had cataract surgery on his right eye and following a successful operation, he immediately knew that he would soon be back to “take care” of his other eye.
So it was that on October 11, 2010, Higgins again travelled from his home in the parish of Clarendon to the Eye Clinic at the Mandeville Regional Hospital located in the neighbouring Parish of Manchester.
The Mandeville Regional hospital, located in the central parish of Manchester, is home to an Eye Clinic that serves thousands of Jamaicans from all across the island.
While the Eye Clinic was in existence for several years, it received a much needed boost in 1999 when the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB)/Eye Care Caribbean stepped in to initially offer technical support by way of funds for equipment and training.
Since 1967 we have facilitated: Eye health services to more than one million persons across the Caribbean, helped more than a thousand children with blindness or visual impairment gain access to formal education and provided close to ten thousand adults who are blind, with training in adjustment to blindness techniques.
The Caribbean Council for the Blind [CCB], was established on September 24th, 1967 as a regional Not-for-Profit Organization comprising of Societies/Associations of and for the Blind throughout the mainly English-speaking Caribbean.
Ganesh Singh was your typical student.
At his High School in Georgetown, Guyana, he was popular among his peers, the heart-throb of teenage girls and he had an insatiable appetite for the game of cricket and maths.
Overall, life was good, but things took a dramatic turn when at the age of thirteen (13), on a visit to the United States, he was diagnosed with Glaucoma.
"I was basically seeing objects; I could define them although I could only see shadows".Read more...
Years ago when George and Sylvia Blythe promised to be with each other in "sickness and in health", little did they know the reality of their wedding vows.
The couple, both in their 70s have lost their vision due to Glaucoma.
For years George,72, fought long and hard hoping to conquer recurring eye problems.
"My grandfather was blind, so was my father and now it's my turn... it's not easy but there is nothing else to do".Read more...
GLAUCOMA MYTHS & FACTS
MYTH: Smoking Marijuana will cure Glaucoma.
FACT: Smoking “ganja” will not help those who do not use the prescribed eye drops. They will still go blind. Other problems could develop such as stomach ulcers and lung cancer.
MYTH: If there’s no pain, there’s no problem.
FACT: The most common form of Glaucoma – Open-Angle Glaucoma initially has no symptoms. The pressure in the eye builds gradually; without treatment, blindness will occur.
She has climbed the famous Pitons in her homeland of St Lucia; she loves a good game of cricket and is proud of her accomplishments - all done since losing her sight over twenty years ago.
"I wasn't always blind, I lost my sight at the age of ten, it was to Glaucoma.”
Hyacinth Daniel is now 39 and lives in the village of Debreuil, in Choiseul, located on the southwestern side of the island.
She vividly recalls what she says was the most difficult period in her life.Read more...
World Health Day 2011 focuses attention on the challenges involved in drug resistance. While this has immediate consequences for those battling
parasitic bacteria and viruses, the day holds equal significance to the almost sixty thousand persons who are blind across the English-speaking Caribbean.
In striving to prevent avoidable visual impairment and reduce the prevalence of incurable blindness, we face another kind of resistance.
Download the World Health Day Bulletin here:Read more...
Over the past 20 years, we established or improved 10 national education programs for children with blindness or visual impairment & trained more than 55 teachers to work with the children.
Read more about our Inclusive Education Programs.
Have you heard about Blind Cricket?
Since the 2007 Biennial General Meeting of the Caribbean Council for the Blind, the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind (WICCB) has been registered as a legal entity in Barbados.
Find out more about Blind Cricket.