Prevention of blindness

Prevention of blindness

Patient undergoing an eye test

In our 85 years, we have established the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness which is our flagship eye-care division.

So for over 60 years, we have been travelling around the country to rural areas and giving urgent eye care. This ranges from something as simple as giving a child a pair of spectacles after testing their eyes, to a complete reversal of some forms of blindness through surgical interventions (like cataract operations).

Once a person is able to see again, they can become an independent and productive member of society again. As part of our new strategy, we are looking forward to developing permanent eye care centres in each province. We celebrated the Bureau’s 60th anniversary by establishing one such eye-care centre in the North-West Province.

Adele's experience

It’s not uncommon to get cold feet before an important event – and 78-year-old Adele experienced just that shortly before her cataract operation in Hartswater Hospital.

She was so adamant that she didn’t want the operation that she was released back to the ward.

Her daughter was heartbroken and told her mother how hard it was to ensure her safety. Touched by her daughter’s plea, and after some counseling, Adele went back into theatre.

When her bandages were removed the next day, Adele’s vision was so good that she knelt down and prayed. She went on to have her second eye tended to and brought in two friends for cataract removals.

Had it not been for the Bureau and Vodacom Foundation - which is funding the cataract tours in the Northern Cape - Adele and her friends would still be blind.


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