Eye for Zambia helps with setting up an

operation program to make cataract operations possible


catatarct effect

Cataracts are formed when the lens becomes cloudy, usually occuring

in the elderly. This happens rarely in children, but when it does there are

major consequences for the child. The developement of a cataract is a

gradual process (in both eyes) where the sight becomes less clear. The

lens becomes eventually white (opaque) and people can then see only

light and dark. In The Netherlands a cataract operation is a standard procedure.





The relatively simple treatment of cataract

is not possible for many people in Zambia


8 waiting for help


At this moment, in southern Zambia, at maxium 500 cataract operations

are performed annually. This is not enough because there are atleast

8,300 people who see poorly or are blind due to cataracts. This number

increases annually.






"A cataract operation is one of the most successful and cost effective operations in history"

- the world bank-


Nurses taking a cateract patient who has just had his cataract operation by Dr Gerald, one of Malawi's few eye surgons, out of the operating theatre. Nsange Hospital, Nsanje, Malawi.


Well trained health workers in the villages can detect cataracts using

a flashlight. Then the patient would be sent to the eye clinic. Both the

presurgery procedcure as well as the cataract operation need a good

infrastructure, equiptment and technical skills. Post operative care and

follow-up would take place in the eye clinic.