Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

A Simple Cure: Fighting Childhood Blindness with Vitamin A


Tom Fudge: Human blindness can be due to accidents. It can be due to genetics. But it can also be caused by malnutrition. Around the world more than a hundred million children suffer from vision problems because they don't get enough Vitamin A. That's a vitamin found in leafy vegetables that include carrots. That's right, carrots really are good for your eyes.


When Howard Schiffer learned that simply providing more Vitamin A could prevent many children from going blind, it changed his life, or at least it changed his line of work. Howard founded a group called Vitamin Angels, which is devoted to eradicating childhood blindness. Vitamin Angels also raises money for vitamins that prevent other illnesses caused by malnutrition.



  • Howard Schiffer, executive director Vitamin Angels , a non-profit committed to eradicating childhood blindness due to Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) by the year 2020. Operation 20/20 is the first major step in this global campaign, which will launch in 18 countries in 2007.
  • Dr. Robert Pendleton , ophthalmologist at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He volunteers with See International , a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to treating vision problems in developing countries.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.