Cataract is a common condition which affects eyesight. It simply means a blurring of the lens in the eye, which can be helped with a relatively easy operation. Once the blurry lens in the affected eye is replaced by a clear new lens, people can fully regain their eyesight. A lot of people in rural areas don’t know they can be helped; they simply take their loss of eyesight for granted as a problem of advanced age.
Fortunately eye-specialist doctors from Zithulele Hospital are now providing the operations to patients from other hospitals through a project called Mercy Vision. TransCape organizes patients for screening, as well as coordinating transport, accommodation and care for patients who are sent to Zithulele Hospital. TransCape greatly increases its impact by working together with other hospitals and non-profits to regain the vision of cataract patients.