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Sight for Schoolgirl Zayaan

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Zayaan Daniels is 14 years old. She's an energetic and bright young child, jam-packed with determination and grit. Zayaan is legally blind. She has only 3% vision remaining in her left eye and 8% in her right eye. She is battling at school, and we want to help her see again.

Zayaan has keratoconus. Her corneas, responsible for 70% of our ability to focus light, are highly irregular. She battles with light sensitivity and headaches daily.

With a precision-designed set of scleral lenses that act as "artificial" corneas for Zayaan, she can get a minimum of 80% of her vision back. We continually push hard for more vision through these incredibly innovative lenses. She has already been screened and is a great candidate to wear them. She's also been practising hard and attending training to learn how to insert and remove the lenses herself.

The Gift of sight for such a young child is not hard to imagine. Her school life will change dramatically. She will be able to read and write clearly and study without assistance. We know that children are naturally curious - when their sight is restored, their whole world opens up. We've witnessed the joy of their confidence blooming as they chart a new course in their lives.

If Zayaan does not get scleral lenses, her eyes will continue to deteriorate. We desperately want her to avoid expensive corneal transplant surgery and its risk for a young person.

Funds raised will cover the cost of :

  • All Optometry Appointments
  • Multiple Cornea Scans and Mapping
  • Lens Design
  • Cost of lens manufacture and import
  • Training
  • Four months follow-up evaluation
  • Take home cleaning and storage solutions
  • Family Support and counselling

Donations

  • Aug 10, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "May Allah swt grant you shifaa. Hope you can raise the money. Come on South Africa " - Mujahid Allie

  • Aug 08, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "You're in my dua's" - Anonymous

  • Aug 08, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "Allah grant you ease. Ameen " - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 150.01

Fundraising target

R 25 455.00
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Eyes2Eyes is a registered Non-Profit Organisation passionate about changing the lives of people with avoidable blindness from cornea disease. Through the supply of new diagnostic technology and highly customised scleral lenses to  patients with cornea disease in South Africa, we are giving people the gift of sight and reducing the devastating impact of blindness. 

We are also raising awareness about the need for the procurement of cornea tissue within our own borders. At the moment, cornea tissue is imported at great expense. Please consider registering as an organ and tissue donor in South Africa, and if you do, please have the conversation with your family, who ultimately makes the decision on your demise. 

If you'd like to chat with us about how corneas are procured, please don't hesitate. The procedure is gentle and does not disfigure the donor.