Sayon has a cataract in her left eye, and before having surgery she also suffered with the relentless pain brought on by trachoma. The infection caused her eyelashes to turn inwards, so with every blink they scratched against her corneas.
Sayon has had a long experience with trachoma: her mother suffered with the infection for many years and it was Sayon who would use tweezers to help relieve her mother’s pain, just as her children do for her now. “My mother had to put up with the pain because at that time there was no surgery,” she explains.
Fortunately for Sayon, Sightsavers is working with the Ministry of Health in Mali to find people with trachoma and offer free treatment. When a health worker visited Sayon, she was quickly referred for surgery. A surgical team travelled from Kati, a town about 50 minutes’ drive from Sayon’s village, to perform the operation.