A JOURNEY OF RESTORED SIGHT AND RENEWED HOPE

Khamvern, at the age of 69, resides in the picturesque Piavath village within the Khoun district of Xiengkhuang province. A retired military officer, she dedicated her life to national defense, proud of her service. However, in 2020, Khamvern’s world began to blur as her eyesight slowly faded. Initially attributing it to the natural effects of aging, she hoped that vitamins might restore her vision. But as the days passed, her vision deteriorated, and she could barely see a meter ahead.

The loss of her vision weighed heavily on Khamvern’s heart, making her hesitant to leave her home or engage with friends. Simple tasks like cooking became challenging, and she longed for her independence. Finally, she confided in her family, seeking their help to visit the hospital.

In August 2021, Khamvern took her first step toward recovery by visiting the Khoun district hospital for an eye examination. Dr. Souksavanh delivered the diagnosis: cataracts. He explained the successful outcomes of cataract surgery, which included outreach surgeries supported by an eye care project. With newfound hope, Khamvern made the courageous decision to undergo the procedure.

On the 26th of August 2021, Dr. Somvang and the dedicated eye unit team performed cataract surgery on Khamvern’s left eye. Just one day after the surgery, her vision improved dramatically to 6/24. When the nurse removed the bandages, tears of joy flowed as Khamvern beheld the world in its full splendor once more. She eagerly asked about the surgery for her right eye.

Dr. Somvang, recognizing Khamvern’s eagerness, offered words of encouragement and eye health education. Khamvern had to wait a little longer, but the promise of restored sight was on the horizon.

On March 1st, 2022, Khamvern’s patience was rewarded with cataract surgery on her right eye during another outreach surgery by the eye unit team. The day after the surgery, her vision improved from “hand movement” to an astounding 6/60. With each passing day, her sight continued to improve.

Khamvern’s gratitude knew no bounds. She praised the professionalism of the eye care team and the painless, swift surgeries. In her own words, she confessed, “Even though the whole world would give me millions of dollars, I could not be happier than I am now, with good eyesight restored. I wish the Eye Care Foundation and its dedicated staff all the success in their work and in their lives. Please continue to support the people of Xiengkhuang, as you have given me the gift of seeing the beautiful world again.”