In the final episode, Professor Brian Cox took viewers on a journey to Iceland, the plains of the Serengeti, and the Caribbean to explore the wonder of colour.
The episode, entitled ‘The Pale Blue Dot’, featured Majidul, a seven-year old boy from Bangladesh who has cataracts in both eyes. You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer if you missed it. Majidul’s story begins at 37:30.
Cataracts are caused by a build-up of protein that clouds the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision and eventual blindness. Majidul has had the condition since a very early age and was diagnosed by a Sightsavers-supported eye screening clinic.
Majidul’s family were previously advised to wait until he was older to seek treatment – a common misconception among health practitioners who lack specialist eye-health training. In some instances, this delay can lead to irreversible blindness.
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During a recent trip to Bangladesh, we filmed a time-lapse video of a Sightsavers cataract operation taking place at Khulna BNSB hospital.