In Cambodia, a woman with bilateral cataract completed surgery for both eyes. As a mother of two, she could not recognise the faces of her children and husband before the surgery due to poor vision, and could only see the silhouettes of her family. She started to see clearly in colour again the morning after surgery.
The patient also suffers from diabetes, which was a major concern for the team in her previous few visits. Her high blood glucose was finally under control after 5 months that the operation is safe for her. The long wait since December was worthwhile - the visual acuity of her better eye has reached 1.0, the vision of a healthy individual. She is no longer seeing her family as dark shadows.
She will be able to work again in the rice fields at home after a 3 to 5 month recovery, having promised to follow the team’s advice on eye care in the upcoming months.