Dai, 9, from Vietnam had cataracts in both eyes

Dai's World Was a Blur - Until Now

January 2020

Imagine you're nine years old. All you want is to spend your days playing outside with friends, riding your bike and exploring your neighborhood. But the world is a strange and dangerous place…because you were born with cataracts. When you can’t see clearly, even walking out your front door is scary.

This was daily life for Dai, a young boy from Vietnam. The nine-year-old was born with cataracts in both eyes. For years, his world was a blur.

When Dai was outside on his own, he was in danger of being run over by the bicycles or vehicles he couldn’t see coming toward him. Walking to school by himself was difficult too.

Before his cataracts surgery, Dai from Vietnam was unable to explore the riverbanks near his home because he couldn't see

Before his surgery, Dai couldn't explore the riverbanks near his home because it was too dangerous

So this energetic little boy was forced to stay inside most days, unable to play with his friends or explore the riverbanks near his home in Hau Giang Province, Vietnam. But thanks to your generosity, Dai’s life was transformed when he received sight-restoring surgery at the Orbis-supported Can Tho Children’s Hospital.

He wasn’t afraid at all of the surgery,” his mother proudly said, adding that she and her husband wouldn't have been able to get Dai the treatment he needed without Orbis.

She's thrilled with the changes she sees in her son post-surgery. He rides his bike every day, his grades at school have improved and he's much happier. Dai is grateful for your support too. He said smiling: “I'm able to see everything clearly!"

Dai from Vietnam with his family after undergoing cataracts surgery

Dai and his family are so happy he can see clearly again

With the continued support of our generous donors like you, Orbis has been saving sight in Vietnam since 1996. In 2018 alone, we were able to achieve the following:

A crisis is coming...

With both a rapidly growing and aging global population, the rate of blindness and visual impairment is on track to triple by 2050. Devastating conditions like cataracts, trachoma, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are destroying the lives of children and adults alike.

We need the continued support of generous people, like you, in the year ahead to save the vision of as many people as possible — and lay the groundwork to prevent this crisis. With you by our side, we’ll:

  • Train thousands of doctors and eye care professionals
  • Provide free vision screenings, prescription eyeglasses and sight-saving surgeries
  • Restore vision to hundreds of thousands of adults and children
Orbis Monthly Appeal: Many more children in Vietnam like Dai need help to see

Dai is one of the lucky ones. In Vietnam, many more children like him need your help to see again

Together, we’ll turn the tide by training thousands more eye doctors and other health professionals to provide high-quality care in low-income communities around the world.

We’ll fly our one-of-a-kind Flying Eye Hospital into the most remote corners on Earth, to ensure people everywhere have access to the world-class care we all deserve. In 2020, we have Flying Eye Hospital programs scheduled for Cameroon, Mongolia and India.

The world is vast and the crisis is looming…but with you as a strong partner, we know we can save the sight of millions.

Bob Ranck

CEO, Orbis International

In countries like Vietnam, we’ll work directly with hospitals to strengthen eye care systems and ensure local children, like Dai, can receive the treatment they need.

And we’ll harness the power of innovative technology, like virtual reality and artificial intelligence, to connect with eye health professionals around the globe and improve their training by leaps and bounds.

Donate Today and help more children like Dai in 2020

We hope Dai's story has inspired you to give the gift of sight to more children in Vietnam and all around the world in 2020.

Global blindness will triple by 2050 unless we ACT NOW. Please show your commitment to restoring vision and fighting the blindness crisis by making a donation to Orbis.

A big thank you to all our wonderful supporters who help transform lives every day. But we need your ongoing support now more than ever so we can reach so many more.


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