We are very pleased to help spread the word about the Sightsavers #ValueOfSight campaign. Mummy is very, very short sighted, and has been since she was 11, she cannot see clearly more than a few inches in front of her, and has to wear glasses or contact lenses, so has some idea of what it is like to not be able to see properly – but even she cannot imagine losing her sight.
How awful must it be? To not be able to see your children, and other loved ones.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to lose your sight? Try closing your eyes and imagine going about your day. What would you still be able to do with no sight? Who or what would you miss seeing most?
How frustrating would it be if the condition that caused your sight loss was completely treatable, but medical help was out of your reach?
That is really hard to understand isn’t it? Sightsavers asked three UK volunteers to see through the eyes of someone suffering from cataract for a day, and it totally changed their perception of the value of sight.
A year ago Sightsavers launched the #MillionMiracles appeal with the aim of funding a million sight-saving cataract operations at a cost of £30 each. To support the appeal this year they’re asking the UK public to think about the #ValueofSight, and how they’d probably give anything to save their vision.
At the end of the day the volunteers got their sight back, but millions of people all over the world are blind from cataracts when a 10 minute, £30 surgery could restore their vision.
People like Laurinda in Mozambique, a lady in her early 30’s who has seven children, including her little one year old Telma who she has never seen. Laurinda has been blind for four years, can’t work or even get water for herself, and had no hope of seeing again until the Sightsavers mobile surgery team met her during a village screening.
If you would like to, and are able to, please donate to this appeal, just think about how valuable your sight is to you – what price would you put on your sight?
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