Coronavirus Updates

During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, the John A. Moran Eye Center’s Global Outreach Division continues to provide much-needed sight-saving care to Utah’s homeless and underserved communities. We are also working closely with partners on the Navajo Nation to meet urgent and ongoing needs in this remote region safely. Read more about the local outreach efforts.

While travel restrictions prohibit in-person visits to partners outside of the U.S., we continue to reach out to address their needs with teleophthalmology—enabling us to provide remote consultations when needed. We are also actively monitoring and meeting needs for supplies and equipment as well as online education. 

Learn more, in the video below, about Moran's work to support sustainable eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Problem: Preventable & Curable Blindness

The scope of worldwide blindness is daunting.

There are 39 million blind individuals worldwide, and 285 million with some form of visual impairment—and 90 percent of them live in poverty in the developing world. Up to 60 percent of blind children die within one year, and a blind adult will only live two-thirds as long as sighted peers.

Four out of every five blind people could be cured at any modern eye clinic, but those in developing nations lack access to modern eye care—sometimes due to expense, but most often because there aren’t enough doctors. While the United States has 61 ophthalmologists per million people, most developing countries have only one or two per million.

The economic impact of blindness is staggering: for every blind person, 2.5 individuals are lost from the workforce as others must stop work or school to care for their vision-impaired relatives. Lost productivity adds up to $2.7 trillion each year.*

Learn more about the scope of worldwide blindness in this short video:

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The John A. Moran Eye Center is a proud member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Our Solution: Train More Doctors

The Moran Eye Center trains doctors, nurses, and other eye care professionals in more than 25 countries. We bring the most promising international surgeons to Utah for intensive training and send our own American residents abroad.

At medical camps in the field, Moran surgeons restore sight to hundreds of patients in a single week, while also helping local trainees gain experience.

In Utah, we provide charitable care to the thousands of individuals without adequate access to care. Our local outreach work is focused primarily on Salt Lake and Summit counties, as well as on the Navajo Nation in southern Utah.

Learn more in this video about our work on the Navajo Nation:

*Statistics come from the World Health Organization

Follow Our Missions

Every year, Moran’s Global Outreach Division provides eye care in developing areas around the world and throughout its home state of Utah. 

Whether working at outreach medical eye camps, local hospitals, or community clinics, the Moran team focuses on teaching local physicians to perform surgeries and training local clinicians and staff to perform basic ophthalmic procedures.  

Explore the latest news and photos about the Moran Eye Center’s local and international missions:

Local Outreach

International Outreach

Contact Us

Medical Missions

801-213-3410
801-587-1829
lori.mccoy@utah.edu

Education Initiatives

Moran Operation Sight Day