The Small Projects Foundation

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Eye Cataract Project

The Small Projects Foundation

Making meaning. Taking action. Changing lives. 

Eye Cataract Project

Restoring sight to the blind

In our province, the Eastern Cape Province, we have an estimated 38 354 people who are blind (RAAB study 2010: Fred Hollows Foundation, SA). 62.2% or 24 000 of these people are blind due to cataracts.

In three months, we helped 121 patients to see again. Our system will see thousands more regain their sight.

Cataract surgery is available and takes about 15 minutes per operation. We assist with identifying and transporting patients to their operations.

Many of the hospitals have backlogs of one year or more (before patients can be seen). Some others (hospitals and ophthalmologists) are also under-utilized.

Many of the clinic nurses do not know how to diagnose cataracts and when they do, there is often no-where to refer such patients to.

Research in Africa has shown that people who become blind have an average life expectancy of four years in rural areas of Africa, after being blinded. People become dependent, lose hope and the will to live, unless helped to see again through a simple cataract operation.

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