A man is treated for cataracts at Unipdu Hospital in Jombang district, East Java, on Thursday. The surgeries are part of a drive by the hospital and community groups to provide eye care tp the needy. The campaign launched Thusrday and will continue unitl Monday.
Cataract, a clouding of the eyes that can lead to blindness, is still very common across Indonesia — particularly in rural areas where people are unable to afford proper care. To combat the ailment, Lohia Foundation joined hands with A New Vision in offering free cataract operations to 1,000 patients in Jombang, East Java, from April 23 to 26.
Farm laborer Mochamad Tojib, 58, has suffered from cataracts in both eyes for the past five years. On May 23, he was among 1,000 patients given the chance to have their sight restored through free cataract surgery carried out by the Lohia Foundation, of the Indorama Corporation, and A New Vision, in Jombang, East Java.