A Brighter Future for Alikiangelo
When Alikiangelo tried to see the world, he could only make out blurry shadows.
Alikiangelo struggled to join other kids in play and was often ignored.
Thanks to a Canadian like you, he received sight-restoring surgery and a brighter future!
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens within the eye. They block the passage of light to the retina so the nerve cells aren’t able to send clear pictures to the brain about what the eye is seeing.
Cataracts can have several causes, including:
- Infection during pregnancy
- Low birth weight
- Eye injury
- Complication with other eye diseases like glaucoma
Cataract surgery costs $200 for a child because the surgery is more difficult. It takes more time, as a child’s eye is smaller and still developing. During this surgery, a child is also put under general anesthetic, which means an anesthesiologist needs to be involved. And the child stays overnight and is monitored closely to ensure there is no infection.