Paul Morrison co-host on Brekky Show 98five FM in Perth explains his personal experience with cataracts
July 31, 2019
I never realised how
blind I was…
Two years into hosting
breakfast radio on 98five FM I was broadcasting from our studios in Como, Perth
Western Australia, asking our family of listeners to support CBM by giving $33
towards a simple cataract operation. It
was 2013 and my first Miracles Day.
I knew what
cataracts were, as my grandmother had hers removed in her early sixties and then
my dad had his removed in his mid fifties.
I knew this was a great
way to help someone who needed their sight restored.
I also knew that $33 wasn’t really much money for most people in Perth. It’s easy to blow that much without thinking on a movie and popcorn, or a smashed avocado and coffee for breakfast.
But what I didn’t
know, where I was truly blind, was my ignorance of how that small donation could
literally change someone’s life forever.
This year I’m
travelling with CBM to a remote town in Nepal.
My 98five FM co-hosts Kirste and Corey and I will be witnessing people
having life-changing cataract surgery.
I’ve witnessed cataracts operations in Tanzania, Nepal, Vietnam and the Philippines and, as someone from one of the richest cities on planet earth, to see the contrast of a disability in my country versus a disability in a situation of poverty, I know where I would rather live if I was to lose my sight.
And, just to give
some real authority to having my eyes fully opened, the final twist in my story
came after a routine trip to the optometrist two years ago. He said to me “You are 45 years old now. It looks like you may just need some reading
glasses, which you can easily get from the chemist…”
seem quite right so I went and saw an eye specialist. “Mr Morrison it’s no big deal, although you
are quite young to be developing cataracts…”
Over the next 18
months my eyes deteriorated fairly quickly and I was starting to squint when
reading and looking at screens. But I
could still drive ok, still do my job on radio and, most importantly, still
kick and mark a footy. I was booked in
through public system and in March and June of this year, I had my cataracts
Same procedure, just
from a very different perspective.
If you have ever prayed that you would like to have your eyes opened a little more, start by making a $33 Miracle happen for someone living in poverty this Miracles Day on 15 August. Click here to donate.
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