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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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Looking towards 2020

There are some fantastic new estimates coming out of the WHO that 39.8 million people are blind worldwide; which is a decrease of just over 5 million (13%) in the past 6 years! Around 80% of blindness is avoidable (as in treatable or preventable); and 90% of blind people live in low income countries. We are winning [...]
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World Sight Day 2010

As we count down to Vision 2020… Thursday 14th is World Sight Day!  An international day of awareness to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. 80% of global blindness is avoidable. 4% of the World’s population are blind or severely visually impaired.  That’s four times the population of the UK!  It’s truly [...]
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It’s getting hot

The famous ophthalmologist John Sandford-Smith MBE wrote the book on Eye Disease in Hot Climates, and I can see why he chose the title.  These last two weeks it has really started getting hot.  And dry and windy. Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, and signify the start of the hot spell of October, before the [...]
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World Glaucoma Day, and week!

Together with the rest of the world, Nkhoma celebrated World Glaucoma Day last Friday. Glaucoma is the second main cause of global blindness, after cataract.  It is a condition that slowly affects the optic nerve at the back of the eye, and is often associated with high pressure in the eye.  Untreated, the high pressure destroys [...]
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