According to the study, cataract surgery helps restore sight to thousands of people and within after one year of the surgery most people can return to work. The surgery significantly contributes to improving the quality of their lives and their working time and pushing their income up.
It also affords many young children the opportunity to go to school, get a better education and live a more rewarding life.
Around 0.63% of Vietnamese people are blind and cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the country (accounting for 66%), due to high rates of untreated patients, said Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Director Do Nhu Hon.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the country suffer from blindness each year. Yet more than 30% of blind people do not know that their disease can be treated and nearly one-third of blind people do not have enough money for their treatment.
In recent years, screening and surgery rates have improved, thanks to a handful of well-recognised international organisations such as the FHF and ORBIS.
However, the demand for cataract surgery far outweighs the nation’s financial ability to provide the service and a recent study called for an urgent nation-wide strategy and action plan for blindness prevention in Vietnam.