Blindness due to cataract presents an enormous problem in Bangladesh in terms of economic loss and social burden. Although cataract blindness is curable by cataract removal surgery, there are many barriers for it for the disadvantaged people of Bangladesh such as financial reasons, distance from the health care facility, fear, lack of service awareness, and lack of support. Financial barriers continue to be the major reason for the cataract blind being unable to afford surgery. Many people in Bangladesh who become cataract blind may remain blind for the rest of their life which can make them a burden to their family and to society. Cataracts account for 80% of adult blindness in the country and there are currently somewhere in the region of 750,000 adults who are blind.
Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization provides the eye camp in different parts of Bangladesh. On these camps, local patients who are suffering from cataract get selected by doctors to get their cataract removal surgery. All these patients are taken to BNBS Eye Hospital in Mymensingh to have their surgery. By their third day these patients are brought back to their home. In each camp, approximately 60 disadvantaged people get their free cataract removal surgery, but only a fraction of the cataract blind population are saved from blindness in Bangladesh.
There are so many cataract blind people who need help to get the cataract removal surgery.The cure for cataract blindness involves a simple, safe surgery that costs only a few dollars and takes just a few minutes. While the solution is so simple, it is beyond the reach of most people in Bangladesh.