Operation Restore Vision completed an amazing 160 sight-saving surgeries during their time in Uganda, and helped 50 patients in need of other types of treatment. Many patients had traveled far to receive the life-changing medical help and spent several days camped out at Operation Restore Vision's eye clinic.
Among the sight-saving surgeries was an 11-year-old boy named Ben who had been taken out of school because of loss of sight. After a surgery with Operation Restore Vision, Ben was able to see again.
"For him, this is his life back," said team leader Dr. Seth Meskin.
Operation Restore Vision partnered for their Uganda trip with SEE International, who provided the equipment they needed to set up an eye clinic.
The surgeries provided by Operation Restore Vision are life-changing for patients in Uganda, who sometimes have not been able to see for many years. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but also the most reversible form of blindness. A ten to fifteen minute surgery can immediately reverse complete vision loss for many patients.
"These people are living a life of darkness," said Dr. Meskin. "[But now], that person now can rejoin the workforce. If they’re young, they can go back to school."
The trip to Uganda also included a visit to an orphanage Operation International supports in Uganda. Operation Restore Vision was able to bring donations of clothes and toys to the children there.