Kiet had his sight saved twice thanks to Orbis supporters

This is Kiet from Vietnam. He's had his sight saved TWICE thanks to Orbis supporters!

This 12-year-old boy loves playing soccer, is a math whizz, and dreams of running his own business one day. However, blurred vision from congenital cataracts (cloudy lenses from birth) nearly prevented him from reaching his full potential.

A male patient from Vietnam has a light shone in his eyes during an eye screening

Congenital cataracts nearly robbed Kiet of his vision.

We first met Kiet, the son of hard-working rice farmers, when he was much smaller.

Thanks to an Orbis-led school screening program funded by our wonderful supporters, Kiet was diagnosed and treated for a cataract in his right eye. The cataract was removed at our partner hospital, Can Tho Eye Hospital, during our Flying Eye Hospital project back in 2017.

Fast forward to May 2023 and our first surgical Flying Eye Hospital training project since the pandemic. This time, Kiet had developed a cataract in his left eye which was picked up during a recent school screening.

Male congenital cataracts patient Kiet smiles with his mother during an Orbis Flying Eye Hospital project

Kiet was chosen for surgery by world-leading pediatric ophthalmologist and Orbis Volunteer Faculty member, Dr. Doug Fredrick. The occasion marked the young boy’s first-ever time on a plane!

The cataract was successfully removed, and the opportunity to observe and assist with the surgery meant local ophthalmologists could hone their skills and knowledge to better serve patients in their own communities.

We're so grateful to be back in the skies, training eye care teams and treating children like Kiet — but we couldn't do this alone!

A huge thank-you to our amazing supporters and partners who have made our sight-saving projects — past and present — possible.

This continued support means children in Vietnam can grow up with healthy vision and an even brighter future ahead of them!

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With clear vision, kids like Kiet have the chance to thrive.

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