AMBON Grandma Salma March 2018
When cataracts brought Mr Umar’s vision to total blindness, his wife had to be the man of the family. For three years his wife was also the “doer of everything” inside and outside of the house. Despite a myriad of powerful emotions which often crept into her heart, his wife did her best without yielding.
At A New Vision’s cataract surgical outreach in Ambon, Indonesia, Mr Umar registered for our free cataract surgery. In addition to gracing Mr Umar normal vision, our free cataract surgery also frees the wife up from the condition she did not sign up for.
Significant impact like this is what drives us to continue our work.
Ambon UMAR March 2018
For people like Grandma Salma, being brave somehow is not enough. Despite what the neighbours say about how painful and bloody cataract surgery is, she never has fear. It was just that she had no money to afford being on the surgery table. Only until A New Vision came to her hometown in Ambon, Indonesia, 7 years since she got blind, Grandma Salma could finally regain her eyesight.
“It was just a little painful during the anaesthetic injection. Other than that, I felt zero pain,” Grandma Salma proudly informs, breaking the myths she heard for years.
Poverty and lack of knowledge prevent many people in Indonesia from obtaining their right to eye care. Free surgery and community eye care education has been the core focus of A New Vision’s cataract surgical outreach. We believe that people like Grandma Salma should live a life full of light.
Watch the story of brave Grandma Salma walking out of her dark life in the video above.
Buka Mata (Open Your Eyes)
Patient shouted “Freedom from Blindness” after she could see
This patient regained her eye sight after a cataract operation which takes under 10 minutes. She came to the outreach blind, quiet and reserved.
After she regained her eye sight, she takes on her real personality. Her life, restored.
Cataract Patients See again After a 10 minute operation
A quick operation which took under 10 minutes can restore the sight of patients who suffered from cataract. Aside to restoring their eye sight, their lives are restored too. They can return to the work force and their care givers also takes on a new lease of life.
This Cataract outreach was made possible with the sponsorship of a corporate donor.
A New Vision is a Singapore registered non profit. Our mission to eradicate curable blindness.