A standard operation takes 10 to 20 minutes – our film condenses this down into one and a half minutes to provide a glimpse of what’s involved.
Notice that two patients are present in the operating theatre at the same time: one is prepared for surgery by nurses while the other is being operated on. This enables the surgeon to start a new operation as soon as the first is finished, maximising the number of patients that can be treated each day.
During the surgery, patients are given a local anaesthetic so they are conscious throughout the procedure.
Cataracts are caused by a build-up of protein that clouds the eye’s lens, which can lead to blurred vision and, eventually, blindness.What are cataracts?
In Nigeria and Kenya, two innovative education projects are enabling children with disabilities to reach their potential.
Since 2012, Sightsavers has been using smartphones to collect high-quality data, so that countries can effectively map the disease and focus their elimination efforts.
Dr Moira Chinthambi received a Sightsavers scholarship to train as an ophthalmologist and now works on our inclusive eye health programme in Malawi.