Al-Ihsan Foundation Eye Project
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Cataracts block light, making it difficult to see clearly. Over an extended period of time, cataracts can cause blindness. For people who have cataracts, it’s somewhat like looking though a frosted or fogged up window.
Eye cataract can also affect social life since people who have clouded sight or blindness are restricted to many activities. They often feel ostracised, neglected and alone and as a result live in depression and anxiety.
Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms may include faded colours, blurry or double vision, halos around light, trouble with bright lights, and trouble seeing at night.
This often results in difficulty with driving, reading, recognizing faces or just going about daily tasks. Poor vision caused by cataracts can also result in an increased risk of falling and injury as well as becoming a major cause of depression. Cataracts cause half of all cases of blindness and 33% of visual impairment worldwide.
Approximately 20 million people are blind due to cataracts and is the cause of approximately 60% of blindness in parts of Africa and South America.
In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. The surgery is safe and extremely effective at improving vision and in most cases takes less than half an hour to complete. If cataracts are present in both eyes, surgery will be done on one eye at a time. It takes about 8 weeks for the eye to fully recover but vision improves within days of surgery.
Al-Ihsan Foundation also provides aid to people suffering from Trachoma. Trachoma has the potential to have devastating effects on vision and causes inflammation of the eye and eyelid tissue. The disease is highly contagious and is usually spread through poor hygiene conditions and is one of the most painful and irritating ways to go blind. With repeated episodes of infection over many years, the eyelashes may be drawn in so that they rub on the surface of the eye, with pain and discomfort and permanent damage to the cornea.
For as little as $90 You can give the gift of sight that will last a lifetime.
To get involved, donate via:
CommBank Account: Al-Ihsan Foundation
BSB: 062 141
Account: 1035 5842
Reference: Eye Project