Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness worldwide accounting for nearly half of all sight loss. Vision is lost gradually and is more common in older people. In Pakistan cataract is still the main cause of blindness.
80% of cataracts are curable and treatment takes about 10 minutes, replacing the clouded lens with a new one.
An adult cataract surgery costs only £25 per person
The underprivileged cannot afford treatment, which is the most common barrier to treatment.
Breadwinners return to work and support their families. Rehabilitation goes beyond sight; it is economic too.
Elderly people are given back dignity by having their sight restored and not being seen as a burden upon their families.
Young people and children can participate in school and train for a livelihood.