For Brighter Days to See…
Facts That You Can’t Shut Your Eyes
Today, there are 2 billion 200 million people suffering from eye diseases in the world. 1 billion of this number consists of eye diseases that can be easily be treated, such as cataract and trachoma. Of these people struggling with eye diseases, 65 million 200 thousand are dealing with cataract which can also be easily treated in our country. Diagnosed mostly in middle-aged people, cataract is observed in many regions but mostly in geographical areas, where bad climate and poor living conditions are observed and there are inadequacies for necessary therapies.
What Do We Do?
Until today, we have performed hundreds of eye surgeries in Niger, Lebanon, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen, Mauritania, Tanzania, DR Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chechnya (RF) and we also have conducted thousands of examinations. Under favor of your support, we helped cataract patients to see their beloved ones.
What Can You Do?
Today, millions of cataract patients face with the risk of losing their sight if they are not treated.
Let’s help together and not leave them in the dark because of the cataract or trachoma, which can be easily treated by a surgery worth of 500 TRY.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are preventable eye diseases?
Preventable eye diseases cause loss of sight and permanently blindness, if they don’t get treated. Cataract, trachoma, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are included in these diseases.
What are the most common types of preventable eye diseases?
Along with all types mentioned above, cataract and trachoma are the most seen ones in the regions where we reach out.
What is cataract?
Cataract is the clouding of the eye lens leading to see from behind eye pupil. This process starts slowly but expands to whole surface of the lens. In such cases, sight gradually decreases and makes people feel like they are looking from behind a foggy glass. This situation comes up all of a sudden in some people. Particularly seen in people above 40 years old, cataract can also affect babies, young and middle-aged people.
Why is cataract more common especially in Africa?
Cataract can also be caused due to geographical reasons or it can progress faster than its normal process. Besides damaging the skin, UV (Ultraviolet) rays coming from sun can be reason for cataract and other eye diseases as well. UV rays cause damage in lens proteins and lead to cataract. This eye disease is frequently seen in Africa where especially hot and dry climate is dominant and sun rays are vertical and more intense. Moreover, poor nutrition, insufficient sanitation due to limited clean water and sand storms are other reasons for cataract.
What is the treatment for cataract?
Cataract can only be treated by surgery. It should be diagnosed when sight loses its clarity, and it immediately must be treated. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial as in other diseases. During cataract surgery, opaque lens is removed and an artificial lens is placed instead of the old one. This surgery generally lasts short, and the patient doesn’t have to stay at hospital after the surgery. It takes averagely 8 weeks to recover completely. In such cases as two eyes have cataract, the patient gets operated for the second eye after the first eye completely recovers from the first surgery.
What is trachoma?
Trachoma is an infection in conjunctiva which is a thin and transparent membrane circling the cornea and white parts of eyes. It particularly affects eyelids and causes bubbles on them. Eyelashes start to curl inward the eye and damage cornea. Unless the necessary treatment starts, it may have results leading to blindness. Trachoma is one of the most common eye infections. It is seen in regions where access to clean water is limited and sanitation is not sufficient. Being contaminated from polluted water, trachoma can also be infected from humans, flies and other species. The speed of spread may be increase as a result of contacting trachoma patients or using shared items.
What is the treatment for trachoma?
It is quite crucial for trachoma to be diagnosed early and instantly get treated. It is possible to have very good results after medical treatment (antibiotics). It is very important that the patient has to stay away from the environment causing this disease and provide the necessary sanitation and hygiene conditions. In some cases, it may be required to recover wounds and fix eyelashes affected by trachoma. Otherwise, this situation may even lead to blindness, and it is impossible to treat the blindness caused by trachoma.
What are other projects of Yeryüzü Doktorları besides Retinal Diseases Treatment Program?
Apart from cataract surgeries, Yeryüzü Doktorları also provides other services such as general eye examinations, eyeglasses distributions and trachoma surgeries. In addition to treatments provided, local capacity is built stronger with installments of surgical eye units and trainings of local personnel.
What is the cost of one cataract surgery?
One cataract surgery costs 500 TRY. In cases that two eyes have cataract, this cost gets doubled. Average cost of this surgery includes equipment, medication, eye glasses and other medical materials along with logistical expenses.
How can I donate?
You can donate in amount of one cataract surgery (500 TRY) through our web site, or you can donate in amounts you desire. You can make your donations online by your credit/debit cards, or using Wire Transfer/EFT through banks. You can find our all bank information on the address of yyd.org.tr/bank. If you want to make donations by SMS, you need to write KATARAKT and send it to 6612. Every SMS you send will be evaluated as an amount of 10 TRY. For further information, you may contact us by the number of 0212 586 12 12.
Can I give monthly donation order for cataract donations?
Yes, you can give monthly donation order on our website by selecting donation item of CATARACT and mark the option of “I want to make monthly donation”. You can also indicate the repetition duration (2-18 months) for your monthly donations. Monthly donations can only be given by credit cards.