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A total of 135 million people around the world are visually impaired, with 85 million individuals being completely blind. Of those suffering from blindness, 80% of the world’s cases are caused by clouding introduced by cataracts. Cataracts occur naturally as people age, and can be only be cured through surgery. Fortunately, this surgery is one of the fastest, cheapest and most reliably successful operations in the history of medicine. Thus, with sufficient healthcare delivery systems, we have the power to cure 80% of the world’s blindness. Sadly, in the Indian state of Odisha, this hope appears to be far from a reality. Only the coastal regions of Odisha have any significant health infrastructure, and rampant poverty along with a lack of awareness has perpetuated the unfortunate circumstances in central regions of the state. Thousands are suffering needlessly due to an easily correctable condition luckily, we do have the power to help.

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  5 Lahks people in Odisha are blind or visually impaired. 80% of these cases can be cured or prevented. Restoring sight opens doors to improved economic productivity, educational achievement, and quality of life for patients and their families.   Untreated cataract can lead to blindness. Cataracts can be cured through a 15-minute surgery. Kalinga Eye Hospital helps provide cataract surgeries, along with other commonly needed eye care treatments.   80% of people who are blind or visually impaired live in developing countries. Kalinga Eye Hospital and its Giving Partners work to build long-term solutions to provide eye care in developing countries.  
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