Cataract operations

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A group of visually impaired patients had an eye-opening experience at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg last year, when our medical team performed an impressive 40 cataract operations in one tour.


That’s 20 sight restoration operations a day, for two days! None of these life-changing procedures would have been possible without the support of our trusty donor community. Thank you!


Among the 40 patients was 73-year-old Johannes “Boet” Koetzee, who travelled from Johannesburg for surgery in his left eye. Johannes had his right-eye cataract removed eight years ago and was very excited to return to have his left eye attended to.


Another patient was 15-year-old Nkosinamandla. “Before, I felt sad and hopeless. But now I am very excited. I can see clearly and I can’t wait to play soccer after I heal,” he said happily.


Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in SA. They can be treated, but thousands of people are needlessly blind because they find it so difficult to access medical treatment . . . and because provincial hospitals have long waiting lists.


The SANCB’s Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness performs this valuable outreach service with the support of our donors.
But we urgently need funding to continue their cataract-busting efforts!


So if you’d like to help us restore the gift of sight, please contact the SANCB on 012 452 3811 or admin@sancb.org.za. Thank you!
 

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A cataract blitz in the North West province in June 2015 restored the gift of sight to many happy people.

For people like 81-year-old Simon, 69-year-old John and 77-year old Sarah, the surgery felt like a miracle. Cataracts had steadily diminished their vision until only their perception of light remained. Simon could no longer tend to his herd of cattle and thieves took advantage of this, while Sarah and John were totally reliant on family and neighbours to see to their daily needs.

Simon was blind for two years; John for three years; and Sarah for four years. These were long, hard years. But then the cataract team from our Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness restored sight to these three – and many others too.

They had held little hope of ever seeing again – but seeing is believing! Their vision is much improved and they are again able to do things for themselves, restoring their dignity and independence.

We thank everyone who helps to keep the wheels of the mobile clinics turning, and for making the cataract blitzes possible.

To renew your support and make a donation now, click here

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Cataract operations

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Cataracts accounts for 39.1% of global blindness – and it can be cured! Find out how we help people who are needlessly blinded by cataracts.

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Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in older people – yet it can be cured with a simple, cost-effective operation. Council, in line with VISION 2020 goals, seeks to make this ‘gift’ available to all who need it.

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Council’s Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness addresses, and attempts to eliminate, avoidable blindness by conducting mobile tours which provide eye screenings, cataract surgery and refraction services to people living in under serviced or rural areas across all provinces.

What is a cataract?

Cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye lens, leading to blurred or dull vision.

Can cataract be prevented or treated?

  • As with many other eye conditions, the effects of cataract can be slowed down and reversed with early detection –a comprehensive eye exam is necessary at least once every two years.
  • Good nutrition, in particular, eating foods rich in antioxidants, can help slow the progress of cataract.
  • Wearing protection (such as sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat) whilst in the sun can prevent future development of cataract.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Surgery is the only way to treat cataract.

Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed a cataract. During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens's transparency.

Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens is implanted. Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an surgical center or hospital, using local anesthesia, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient.

Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. The person is in day care at the facility.

High volume surgery is possible as it takes only 30 minutes to perform this procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive as only a small incision is made and the patient has a quick post-op recovery.

For enquiries about cataract surgeries, contact Hans Kgaphola at the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness on 012 452-3811 x 3322 or click here to send him an email.

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