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Curing Blindness

Curing Blindness

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 10, 2017/Categories: video, sustainability, art and design, environment

                                       Cure Blindness Clinic, Nepal (credit: Himalayan Cataract Project)

What if cataract-induced blindness could be elliminated anywhere it occurs? This sounds like a virtually impossible proposition.

However, complete vision is being restored to people suffering from advanced cataracts in Nepal, Tibet, Ghana, Ethiopia and elsewhere by the pioneering efforts of Dr's Geoffory Tabin and Sanduk Ruit of the Himalayan Cataract Project. To accomplish the impossible, their project required reducing the costs of eye surgeries from ~$3000/eye in advanced countries to ~$25/eye in developing nations. An entire corps of field technicians would be required where none had existed before. Tabin explains this remarkable enterprise during a recent TED conference in Salt Lake City where he served in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah.

This Journal has contributed some financial support to the ongoing eye surgery efforts and we intend doing so in the future. You should consider assisting this remarkable project with a personal donation here. Any donation go directly to the field surgery suppies and the individual eye repairs themselves to cure blindness.



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