The gift of sight is something many of us take for granted. After all, for most of us, the eye doctor is just a short call or drive away. In the third world countries, however, this is not the case. In fact, access to basic eye care is improbable if not completely impossible.
Cataracts are the build-up of proteins in the lenses of the eyes. While these are generally quick and easy to treat, in poverty-stricken countries they are often mean that the person who has developed them will go and stay blind. This is a tragedy for many reasons. One of them being that cataracts are fairly quick, easy, and cheap to treat.
Cataract eye surgery only takes about twenty minutes from start to finish. The lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial one, one that is not clouded by the build-up of cataract proteins. Within just a few hours of the procedure, the patient’s vision will begin to be restored. The entire procedure costs less than $80.00 to execute yet millions of people around the world are blind or going blind from cataracts.
Sightsavers is an organization that is dedicated to the restoration of vision all around the world. They have performed over six million cataract surgeries since they opened, trained over 1,000 surgeons, and actively work to help restore the vision of both children and adults all around the world.
Our colleague Kate followed a surgical outreach team as they were tracking down and treating the final cases of blinding #trachoma in northern Ghana. In the photo is Fusi, ophthalmic nurse. LINK IN BIO: http://po.st/trachoma-final-days. 📷 Ruth McDowell. #sightsavers #sight #sightloss #vision #blindness #visionloss #beatNTDs #NoMoreNTDs #ghana #africa #westafrica #discoverportrait #portraitphotography #portraitpage #peopleinframe #smiling
In 2017, Sightsavers raised over 302 million dollars. This was its highest ever rate, raising over 50% from last years.
According to the sight-savers website, over twenty million people worldwide suffer from cataracts. This staggering statistic generally does not affect first world countries because eye care is so readily available and the procedure itself is fairly cheap as far as medical procedures go.
Sightsavers is changing lives internationally and will continue to do so if these generous donations keep coming in. If you would like to donate your time or money, visit them online today at www.sightsavers.org. Their goal is to perform over one million cataract procedures by the end of 2018, and they are well on their way to doing so.
This charity is bringing back one of the most priceless gifts: the gift of sight. Thanks to them, people from all around the world are returning to their day to day tasks and experiencing a much higher overall quality of life.