We met Nazondani at a hospital in Malawi, right before her operation. At the age of 76, she was still working with her husband on a farm. She told us how the cataracts in both eyes made everyday life a huge challenge, and even simple tasks were a struggle. She would often mistakenly pick crops rather than weeds while she was farming, and faces became more difficult to identify; she had to rely on recognising voices instead.
One of the biggest challenges that stops people in remote regions getting treatment for eye conditions is the fear of surgery. Fortunately for Nazondani, her husband had already had an operation to restore his eyesight and couldn’t recommend it enough. In fact, Nazondani was looking forward to her operation; she just wanted her sight back.