The World Health Organization estimates that 180 million people suffer from severe visual impairment (legally blind, by U.S. standards). The leading cause of blindness throughout the world is cataracts and 90% of this blindness is found in the developing world. A remote cataract surgery eye camp will restore sight to approximately 300 people in Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan or Northern India. Currently the project supports ten remote eye camps per year.
A team from the Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, will travel to a remote site, screen patients for cataracts and perform free surgery to those who need it. The Tilganga team also works with local medical personnel to provide further training.
The suffering caused by blindness deeply affects the family of each unfortunate, blinded individual, especially in the Himalayas. With restored sight, many people return to work and to traditional roles in their families and societies.