A portrait of a child with double cataract, who is waiting for eye surgery
Submitted by: Andras D. Hajdu
Organisation: OWW and Foundation of Doctor Richard for Congolese Patients / Richard Testver Kongoi Betegekert Alapitvany
Caption: A portrait of a child with double cataract, who is waiting for eye surgery in Basankusu (Democratic Republic of the Congo). The surgery was successful and she got back her sight!
Qualified ophthalmologists arrived to the the town of Basankusu (OWW (Ophthalmology WorldWide)), in DRC Congo, 2019 April. Thousands of patients were examined and almost two hundreds of them were operated during that 10 days of work.
For many, this is the only chance not to live helpless and blind for the rest of their lives inside of some mud hut. The vast majority of patients, however, suffers from simple cataract. Due to the strength of the equatorial sun and the lack of medical screening, this region is particularly affected by disorders related to cataract, regardless of the fact that this eye disease could be treated with a simple, 15-minute routine surgery.