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I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing!  It was such a great moment for Sambani, and he was so honest.  I met Sambani two days before, indeed depressed and sad.  Dr Ute Wiehler has operated his first eye, and I did his second cataract operation two days later.  All went well, even better than [...]
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Mary from Mangotchi

Mary is young and had been at school until just over a year ago.  Now she is totally blind.  The brittle undiagnosed Diabetes had metabolically robbed her of her sight in a matter of months.  Her sugar was so high when she came to Nkhoma, we had to spend 2 weeks controlling it even before [...]
Posted in Blindness, Cataract, Child, Diabetes, Diabetic, Outreach, Sorbitol, Surgery, Uncategorized, Vision 2020 | 2 Comments |

Malawi to start Phaco Cataract Operations

So an awesome week, an historic week, and a lot of fun with a few very happy patients! Nkhoma now has a modern ‘phaco’ cataract surgery service!  The first permanent such unit in Malawi.  Fantastic. Although the technique we use for cataract surgery for thousands of operations each year is very very good, and we can perform [...]
Posted in Adult, Alcon Legacy, CBM, Cataract, Malawi, Outreach, Phaco, Phacoemulsification, Surgery, screening | 1 Comment |


Sometimes in the work here, I am called to do things not directly involving seeing people and treating blindness.  I love the job that I am actually here to do, but there are unavoidable and necessary distractions sometimes. We have spent much of the past months preparing and renovating for the new year.  We will start [...]
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The youth of today

Tikale had a traumatic cataract in his right eye.  He was trying to get through some bushes to cross a road, when one snapped back and caught him strongly in the eye.  Within a week his vision clouded over, and by the time a month later when he made it to the hospital he was [...]
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