A Gift of Sight

Cataract is one of the most common causes of blindness that affect many elderly people in Vietnam. It can be safely treated with surgery to restore sight and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from this condition. However, many elderly people in Vietnam cannot afford the cost of cataract surgery, which averages about $50, and therefore suffer from loss of sight as a consequence.

In response to this need, SAP-VN began the cataract surgery program in 2005 with the goal of providing the ‘gift of sight’ to the poor and elderly population in Vietnam who could not otherwise afford this surgery. SAP-VN established collaborations with ophthalmologists and hospitals in Vietnam to pilot the project in the first few years. After assessing where the needs are high, we entered into partnership with the Can Tho Eye & Oromaxillofacial Hospital, who perform all the surgeries and we sponsor all the costs associated with the procedures. Our associates in Vietnam work with local health officials to identify areas with high incidences of cataract and arrange for screenings of possible candidates to receive the cataract surgeries.

Selected patients are operated at local district hospital and stay overnight to be assessed the next day by the surgeon. In the past years that we have had this program, we have had excellent results for the patients as indicated by post-op assessments on the day after surgery. Vision tests performed after the second day post-surgery showed that a majority of patients reported being able to see well. No patients experienced complications or infections.

Prior to being discharged from the hospital, each patient is given an eye care package, which includes eye medications and post-op care instructions. SAP-VN also supplements this package with a small monetary gift. In addition to that, a few weeks after the surgery, patients are invited to return to a local clinic or a hospital to have their operated eye(s) re-examined by an eye care professional. The recoveries have been very positive with most of the patients reporting significant improvement in their vision.

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How You Can Help

With the success of the Cataract Surgery Program in 2005, our goal in the coming years is to expand this program to reach many more cataract patients. In order to achieve this goal, we are continuing to seek additional funding. With an average cost of less than 50 USD per eye surgery, you are able to give the precious gift of sight to a cataract patient, who otherwise would have no access to medical care and treatment.
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Program Summary

YearLocationsNumber of Patients
Total11,544
2016Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng977
2015Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,400
2014Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,409
2013Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,310
2012Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,206
2011Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau1,070
2010Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau1,113
2009Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau997
2008Bạc Liêu, Hậu Giang, Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Quảng Nam723
2007Bac Lieu, An Giang, Vinh Long742
2006Bac Lieu, Thanh Hoa, An Giang302
2005An Giang, Various provinces295

 

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