Cure CataractsA cataract is a progressive disease of the eye(s) that causes severe blurry or discolored vision and is the leading cause of blindness in Africa. A cataract interferes with daily activities and can cause a person to have to re-learn tasks such as how to navigate around their home and village, eat, wash themselves, take care of their families, and live a fulfilling life. Give the Gift of Sight Today!
What Causes Cataract Symptoms?
Excessive dustSand storms caused by the Sahara people negatively affect Mali. Dust caused by sand storm harms people’s health. Constant dust exposure scratches the cornea
Prolonged exposure to sunlightUV light can damage lens proteins in a distinct way (called glycation) that is typically seen in cataract and in cells damaged by oxidative stress.
MalnutritionVitamin and mineral deficiencies accelerate vision loss caused by glaucoma, cataracts, and/or macular degeneration.
Cataracts are most commonly found in people 80+ years old, but thousands of children in Africa suffer from the disease due to the extreme climate and lack of vitamins and protein in their diet. Approximately 2.2 million people suffer from cataracts in Africa, and 800,000+ suffer from the eye disease in Mali alone.Donate Now!
HOW CAN I HELP?
How Much Does a Cataract Surgery Cost?The cost of cataract surgery is $3,000 per eye, but by donating $100 to Embrace Relief, you’re covering the cost of one full cataract surgery (including both eyes), as well as health checkups for ten other people. If the doctors come across an issue that cannot be treated at the Mobile Health Clinic, we provide transportation to the nearest clinic or hospital and help cover medical care costs.
Mariam Togola / Female / 9
Kaditou Toure / Female / 39
Abdoulaye Traore / Male / 14
Embrace Relief’s Mobile Health Clinic
Our Mobile Health Clinic travels with volunteer doctors to remote places in Mali, where people have little to no access to healthcare. This mobile clinic gives certified doctors the capacity to perform up to 30 cataract surgeries and hundreds of health screenings in two days. When the Mobile Health Clinic travels, doctors perform health check-ups on the first day, cataract surgeries on the second, and check-ups after cataract surgery on the third to ensure the eye(s) is healing properly.Give the Gift if Sight Today!
EMBRACE RELIEF CATARACT AFRICA CAMPAIGN
A cataract, which can occur in either or both eyes, is the clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.Embrace Relief’s cataracts campaign is aimed to provide relief to thousands of people suffering from cataracts in Africa. You can give someone the gift of vision by joining the campaign and receive a certificate with the information and photo of the treated patient. You can even present a gift to your friends or family by making a donation in their name to our cataract Africa campaign. We will send them a certificate notifying them of the donation. An electronic copy of the certificate will be emailed in 5 days, and the original certificate will be posted within 2 weeks. Give the Gift of Sight Today!
Since 2013, our generous donors have sponsored 4,000 cataract surgeries.
Today, you can give the ultimate gift of sight to someone living in darkness. We currently have 4,000+ people on our Cataract Surgery Waiting List who live in extreme poverty and will not get another chance at seeing this beautiful world again without your generous donation.Give the Gift if Sight Today!
CATARACT PROGRAM FAQ
- Having blurry vision
- Seeing double (when you see two images instead of one)
- Being extra sensitive to light
- Having trouble seeing well at night, or needing more light when you read
- Seeing bright colors as faded or yellow instead
- Ultraviolet radiation (over-exposure to sunlight)
- Excessive dust