• Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness in middle and low income countries, making up almost half of all blindness.
• Around 18 million people in the world are blind from cataracts.
• Around 90% of people who are visually impaired live in developing countries.
Did you know that 80% of all blindness could be avoided or cured. That's 8 out of 10 people who are blind who don't need to be.
Last year, CBM Australia:
• Made 33,529 sight-saving surgeries
• Provided 451,234 people with eye health services
through our partners.
• As part of CBM International, did 1150 cataract surgeries every day
in developing countries
Here's how cataract surgery works
Adults only require a local anaesthetic. Children are given a general anaesthetic, to stop them wriggling on the table.
A small incision is made in the eye; the lens containing the milky, opaque cataract is removed. The surgery can take as little as 12 minutes!
A new plastic intraocular lens is inserted so the eye can focus.
After 24 hours the bandages come off and the healing is checked; the person opens their eyes to a whole new world full of possibilities and hope!
$32 can restore sight for life for those living with cataract blindness