cataract | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Photo gallery: Tarawa, Kiribati 2014

  • Meet Adam

    Special report by volunteer photographer, James Ensing-Trussell of Topic Photography Vanuatu: James recently attended a Fred Hollows Foundation funded surgical outreach visit to Vanuatu where he met Adam, a young man who was desperately in need of sight-restoring surgery.

  • Keeping Fred's dream alive

    Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows had a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind. He was driven by a deeply held conviction that everyone has the right to sight no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Providing eye health services

    In 2014, we performed over 6,300 sight-restoring surgeries and dispensed over 12,000 pairs of eye glasses – huge achievements given the numerous challenges we face in the countries where we work.

  • Skolastika

    18-year-old Skolastika can now live life to the full – playing basketball with her friends, going to school and helping her family on the farm – thanks to our generous supporters throughout New Zealand. Skolastika lives in an isolated village on the east coast of Makira Island, a remote island in the Solomon Islands. She lives a simple life. Her parents are subsistence farmers and Skolastika helps out when she can.

  • Satesh

    Seven-year-old Satesh lives in Labasa, Fiji. He was born with cataracts in both eyes. Sadly, the doctors diagnosed him with an eye infection and sent home with eye drops. His mother explained that his blurred vision has prevented him from attending school or making any friends.

  • Deonisia

    Deonisia lives in a little village called Tokou on the island of Ovalau, in Fiji. She is 64 years old and is completely blinded by cataract in both eyes. Cataract blindness can be easily reversed with a simple 20 minute operation that restores sight overnight.

  • The Miracle of Sight

    Watch as one woman has her sight restored after nine years of blindness. Deonisia was cataract blind for nine years before she had her sight restored by The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ. Sight restoring operations take less than 20 minutes and can cost as little as $25 in many developing countries.

  • The Foundation

    Fred and his wife Gabi set up The Fred Hollows Foundation in 1992 while sitting around their dining room table with a group of friends and supporters. Today, The Fred Hollows Foundation continues to be inspired by Fred’s lifelong commitment to ending avoidable blindness in developing countries.

  • Cataract blindness

    Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. While easily treated with surgery, most people affected by cataracts live in developing countries where eye health services are difficult to access, costly or are simply not available.

  • Anatomy of the eye

    The eye The eye is the organ of sight. The eye is an especially important organ as it often reflects general health. Retinal blood vessels can show the first signs of disease affecting the rest of the body.