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Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind
Giving Sight to the Cataract Blind

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Age is the most important risk factor for cataract. Almost one in five people between the ages of 65 and 74 develop cataracts severe enough to reduce vision, and almost one in two people older than 75 years have this disease. In Pakistan, there are estimated to be 570, 000 adults (225, 000 men, 345, 000 women) who are blind due to cataract, which is the most common cause (51.5%) of avoidable blindness in the country.

The main contributing factors include injury to the eye, inflammatory and infectious eye diseases, and diseases such as diabetes mellitus. The only treatment that provides a cure for cataracts is surgery. There are two types of cataract surgery: intracapsular and extracapsular. Intracapsular surgery is the removal of both the lense and the thin capsule that surround the lense. This type of surgery was common before 1980, but has since been replaced by extracapsular surgery. Extracapsular cataract surgery is the removal of the lense whereas the capsule is left in place. There are two methods for extracapsular cataract surgery. The common method is Phacoemulsification. A tiny incision is made and an ultrasonic probe is used to break the cataract into minute pieces. However, if the lense is too hard, the surgeon will use a different conventional extracapsular technique requiring a larger incision. Complications after cataract surgery are rare. 


In Pakistan, around 60% of the cataract patients lose their eyesight due to delayed or inadequate treatment. The problem is worsened as a large number of people who are suffering from cataract live in the far flung or rural areas of the country and they are unable to afford to travel to the cities for their treatment.

Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of not only creating awareness about the treatment of cataract but it also provides free treatment to those suffering from this painful disease.

However, as the number of cataract patients is increasing day by day and the resources of FMH are limited, we need donations from our altruistic donors. FMH is counting on the help of its generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients. Hence, we urge you to support us in our cause and save the suffering beings from entering a state of hopelessness.

Thank you.

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“I am sitting on the sofa smelling the freshly arrived newspaper that I once used to read. It used to update me for my everyday political chit chat session with my neighbor, Abdul Kareem. The wind is blowing in from the window right next to the sofa that I am sitting on. It is the same window through which I used to keep an eye on my grandchild playing in the garden with his friends... My breakfast has been placed on the table right in front of me. I can smell the jasmines that my daughter-in-law picks up every day from the garden and places them in a bowl in my breakfast tray. The sight of my favorite flowers always used to make my day. I can still feel the picture of my late wife placed in the pocket right next to my heart. I used to look at it and observe all the wrinkles on her face which made me feel like the luckiest man on earth as every wrinkle reminded me of a year that we have spent together. But today I feel like it is no more that picture..It is just a cardboard. Cataract took away from me all that I had earned in my life..It took away from me my vision, my sight, which made me feel alive.”

Narrated above is the story by one of our patients who lost his eye sight to cataract. In Pakistan, around 60% of the cataract patients lose their eyesight due to delayed or inadequate treatment (Pakistan Observer). The loss of vision in elderly is mostly due to cataract and it especially happens to people after the age of 50 years. The problem is worsened as a large number of people who are suffering from cataract live in the far flung or rural areas of the country and they are unable to afford to travel to the cities for their treatment. Therefore, Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of not only creating awareness about the treatment of cataract but it also provides free treatment to those suffering from this painful disease.

However, as the number of cataract patients is increasing day by day and the resources of FMH are limited, we need donations from our altruistic donors.

The approximate cost of cataract surgery is USD 100.00 and in the last quarter, 28 cataract surgeries were performed free of cost. In order to cater to the rising inflow of patients, FMH is counting on the help of its generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients. Hence, we urge you to support us in our cause and save the suffering beings from entering a state of hopelessness.

Thank you.

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My world is a dark abyss. When I hear the noise of my grandchildren playing in the field, I yearn to observe them. When the warmth of the sun reaches me, my eyes crave to see the light piercing through the windows of my room. When I look at the mirror and see nothing but darkness, I start questioning my existence. My ailing wife calls on me, and my eyes open widely and start searching for my beloved. On not being able to see her, chills run down my spine. Losing my eyesight is an ordeal which often brings about suicidal tendencies in my head but I still gather some courage and decide to live, in the hope that one day, my eyesight would return and I would be able see all the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon me.

Above is the story of one of our patients who was suffering from cataract. In Pakistan, 60% of the cataract patients lose their vision due to inadequate or delayed treatment of cataract (Pakistan Observer) and it is high time that we as a nation take the matter in our own hands and contribute to eliminate this disease.

Vision loss in elderly is commonly due to cataract and it happens especially to people after the age of fifty years. What adds fuel to fire is the fact that a large number of people suffering from cataract live in the remote and rural areas of the country and they are usually unable to afford to travel to the cities for their treatment. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital in its pursuit of endowing healthcare to the underprivileged, strives to provide maximum assistance to such patients.

The indigent communities in the country are always provided with free or subsidized treatment by Fatima Memorial Hospital and it is especially for cataract that FMH provides 100% free treatment to as many patients as possible and plans to keep on doing so with the support of its esteemed donors.

It is due to cataract that approximately 570,000 adults are estimated to be blind (NCBI) and therefore, the inflow of patients who come to FMH for their treatment is rising day by day. Hence, FMH needs more and more donors to support its cause of providing free treatment for people suffering from cataract. The approximate cost of cataract surgery is USD 100.00 and in the month of May, 15 major and 18 minor cataract surgeries were performed free of cost.

Hence, FMH relies on the help of its generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients. It is only with our donors’ help and support that FMH would continue to treat the rising number of patients of cataract. Hence, we urge you support us in our cause and save the suffering beings from darkness.

Thank you.

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Every day, I wake up in a dark world. When the sunbeams pierce through the curtains and touch my face, my eyes cringe up involuntarily and on not being able to see the bright sunny day, my heart aches. Then I gather some courage and try to dress up. When I reach by the mirror in my room, my eyes open up widely and start searching for my being. On being able to see nothing but darkness, out of helplessness, I start rubbing my eyes but it is never of any use. As I go out of the room with a heavy heart, my grandchild comes rushing towards me and I long to see his face. I long to see the mountains and lakes which flow by in the area that we live in. I long to see the rainbows and clouds and the other bounties bestowed upon by my Lord but I see nothing but darkness. I wish to cross the bridge from darkness to light. Would you be my eyes?

Above is the fate of 60% of the people who have lost their vision due to delayed or inadequate treatment of cataract (Pakistan Observer). Such cases need to be brought to a halt. Are you ready to play your role in preventing blindness among such a huge chunk of the population of Pakistan?

Cataract is a common cause of vision loss among the elderly. It especially happens to people after the age of fifty years. A large number of people suffering from this disease live in the remote and rural areas of Pakistan and they are usually unable to travel to the cities for their treatment. Even if they somehow travel to the cities for their cure, they are unable to afford the treatment. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital (FMH) which has the objective to endow healthcare to the underprivileged, strives to provide maximum assistance to them.

The indigent communities in the country are always provided with free or subsidized treatment by Fatima Memorial Hospital and it is especially for cataract that FMH provides 100% free treatment to as many patients as possible and plans to keep on doing so with the support of its esteemed donors.

As a result of cataract, approximately 570,000 adults are estimated to be blind (NCBI) and therefore, the inflow of patients who come to FMH for their treatment is rising day by day. Hence, FMH needs more and more donors to support its cause of providing free treatment for people suffering from cataract. The approximate cost of cataract surgery is USD 100.00 and FMH treated approximately 24 patients in the last month and many more are still in line.

We, at FMH, rely on the help of our generous donors who could support us in the endeavor to save the eyes of many. It is only with the donor’s help and support that FMH would continue to treat the rising number of patients of cataract. Hence, we urge you to join hands with us to support our cause and save the suffering beings from darkness.

Thank you.

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Imagine your life without eyes. Imagine waking up and not being able to see the rays of sun caressing your face. Imagine looking into the mirror and being able to see nothing but darkness. Imagine being never able to see those faces which make you feel that the struggles of life are worth it. Imagine never being able to see the majestic mountains which remind you of the power of your Lord. Imagine being never able to see the rainbows and butterflies, the sight of which make you praise your Creator. Imagine spending your life without one of the biggest bounties of life called: eyesight. It is really hard to even envision your life without your eyes. Hence, delayed or inadequate treatment of cataract which leads to a loss of vision in 60% (Pakistan Observer) of the blindness cases in the population of Pakistan need to be brought to a halt. Are you ready to play your role in preventing blindness among a large chunk of population of Pakistan?

Cataract is a common cause of vision loss especially in old age. This disease can attack anybody after the age of fifty years. A large percentage of the patients suffering from cataract live in the remote or rural areas of Pakistan and they are unable to travel to the cities where the cure for this disease is available. Even if they somehow travel to the cities in pursuit of the cure for cataract, they lack the funds for the required treatment. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital which has the goal to endow healthcare to the underprivileged strives to provide maximum assistance to them.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has always worked towards providing free and subsidized treatment to the indigent communities in the country. For cataract, FMH provides 100% free treatment to as many patients as possible and plans to keep on doing so with the support of our esteemed donors.

Approximately 570000 adults are estimated to be blind (NCBI) as a result of cataract in Pakistan and the inflow of patients who come to FMH for treatment is increasing with time. Hence, we need more and more donors to support our cause of providing free treatment of cataract. The approximate cost of cataract surgery is USD 100.00 and we treated approximately 50 patients in the last month and many more are still in line.

In order to treat the rising number of patients of cataract, we rely on the donations of our generous donors who could support us in the endeavor to save the eyes of many. It is with the donors’ help and support that Fatima Memorial Hospital will continue to treat the growing number of patients. Hence, we request you to join hands with us to support our cause as it is with your support that these individuals would be able to save the biggest blessing of life: eyesight.

Prayers made from the heart are said to touch the sky and if you help someone regain their eyesight, the prayers which come out of their hearts might even rise above the sky.

We expect more support from our esteemed donors towards the cause. 

Thank you.

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Fatima Memorial Hospital

Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
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Arif Kabani
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan

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