Cataract SurgeryA cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision. They may affect one or both eyes. Often they develop slowly. Symptoms may include seeing faded colours, having blurry vision, seeing halos around light, being disturbed by bright lights, and limited night vision. This may result in trouble driving, reading, or recognizing faces. Poor vision may also result in an increased risk of injuries and depression. Cataracts are the cause of 50% blindness and 33% of visual impairment worldwide.
Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but may also occur due to trauma, radiation exposure, be present from birth, or occur following eye surgery for other problems. Risk factors include diabetes, smoking tobacco, prolonged exposure to sunlight, and alcohol. Either clumps of protein or yellow-brown pigment may be deposited in the lens reducing the transmission of light to the retina at the back of the eye. Diagnosis is by an eye examination.
Cataract is a disease that can be treated with surgical intervention. Yet if not treated, it causes complete loss of eyesight. The cataract disease is common in countries where there is an inadequate number of doctors per patient, and affects people of all ages including young children. Due to an insufficient number of eye doctors and treatment facilities, especially in rural areas, patients with cataracts are doomed to darkness even before they have a chance for surgery. At the moment, it is estimated that there are 38 million cataract patients in the world. If aid organisations do not increase their efforts to help people who suffer from cataracts, the number of cataract patients is expected to reach 75 million by 2020.
Cataract patients are treated by Time to Help UK. It costs £125 for a cataract operation, which enables a person to see the world.
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Pakistan – Islamabad
In Pakistan, hundreds of people go blind every day due to being unable to treat their cataract illness. This is because most eye care services are only available in Pakistan’s central cities. Around two thirds of the country’s population, and most people who are affected, live in remote areas without access to health services or due to travel, simply because of being unable to afford the expense.
Nigeria – Abuja
Statistics from the Nigerian National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey showed that 42 out of every 1,000 adults aged 40 and above are blind and overall, two out of every three Nigerians are blinded by avoidable causes like cataracts. Specifically, currently 750,000 Nigerians are already blinded by cataract and an additional 200,000 become blind each year.
Sudan – Kassala
Eye problems caused by cataracts and other ailments are extremely common in Sudan as a result of factors such as exceedingly bright sunlight, malnutrition and extreme poverty. Sudan also being the neighbour with desert fields make the people more vulnerable due to it being contaminated with illnesses.
Nepal – Kathmandu
Each year, an estimated 60,000 Nepalese lose sight to cataracts. Presently, there is a backlog of 200,000 people who are blind from cataracts and need surgery. The cataract operations in Nepal were all successfully finished but unfortunately more people needed the operation. For this reason, we are going to work harder to treat more patients next time.