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Sightsavers’ work featured on BBC’s ‘Forces of Nature’

July 2016

Majidul and his family being filmed by a camera crew in a hospital.

Sightsavers’ work has been featured in the final episode of Brian Cox’s series ‘Forces of Nature’ on BBC1.

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.

Find out more about what we do and how we are working to eliminate avoidable blindness.

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