GAINING A LITTLE CONFIDENCE…
The Cataract removal procedure is the world’s mostÊperformedÊmedical procedure, it takes theÊOphthalmicÊsurgeonÊabout 40 minutes and when it’s over theÊrecipientÊof the new lens will have clear vision in that eye. Looking through aÊstereoscopicÊmicroscopeÊtiny cuts are made into the eye and working under the bright light of the microscope theÊsurgeonÊcuts up and then removes the old cataract ridden lens from the patient’s eye. A new artificial lens then replaces the old. Costing aboutÊUSD 500.00Êper procedure and providing clear sight once again for the patient for the cost it is also one of the worlds mostÊefficientÊtoo.Ê
The patients forÊtheÊoperationÊcome from across the rural back roads of Kwazulu-Natal, they are generally old and the cataracts have gradually reduced their sight to the point that they no longer have viable vision, Kwazulu-Natal a place of hills, trees, cattle and goats, with vistas that let the viewer see for miles and miles. Tugela ferry is about as traditionally Zulu as you can get. Imbued with the values, it’s the heart beat of the Zulu nation and here pride and independence is a thing of great value.Ê
When you are old and blind these values that are beholden take a bit of a knock. The government hospitals across the provinceÊhaveÊtrained up eyeÊnursesÊand case finders who work in the community and do a basic examination and refer these people onto the cataract removalÊprogramme. The stay in hospital is little more then a night or two, and the results are as Gogo (granny) Ntombi Ngema will tell you are bright. Shaking her hands and speaking through her grand daughter she saysÊthatÊshe can see clearly, “you can tell everyone that I can see now, I was not afraid of the procedure… i was ready for it”.
She held up her hands with the fingers raisedÊandÊmoving them from left to right, and with a glow in her eye she begins to talk of a life of change.
“I could not walk around on my own” Ntombi lives in a h
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