The Nevis Eye Care Program (NECP) is a program of Vision for All, Inc., a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and restoring sight to underserved populations worldwide. The Nevis Eye Care Program (NECP) works in partnership with the Nevis Island Ministry of Health and especially with the Nevis Public Health Nurses.
The Program runs two 3 week clinics each year. North American doctors are recruited to staff the clinics. The doctors work in the clinic with Nevisian nurses and a Nevisian Patient Coordinator
Approximately 500 patient visits occur at each of the bi-yearly clinics. The program focuses on identifying and treating conditions that lead to preventable blindness. Three conditions account for the majority of this: cataracts which are treatable by surgical removal of the clouded lens and implantation of an intraocular lens; glaucoma which is elevated pressure in the eye that can damage the nerve in the eye and lead to blindness (unrelated to high blood pressure); and diabetic eye disease of the retina (treated by better control of diabetes and by laser treatment if necessary).
The program has grown to include cataract surgery, pterygium surgery, treatment of glaucoma, treatment of diabetic retinopathy, vision screening programs, education of local nurses in eye care screening and public education about eye disease.