Sight restoration often allows two people to return to work
or school: the person who was blind and the caretaker who was helping them with
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More than half of TOMS-supported sight services help women and girls. Two-thirds of people who are blind are female, and girls are often held from school or work to care for visually impaired family members.Learn More >
With restored sight, people are able to go to work and school, help at home, walk independently and rejoin
José, 15, Regains Sight & Starts his Education.
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Giving Partner: Visualiza Eye Care Center
Service Provided: Cataract Surgery
José is a Guatemalan 15-year-old who was blinded by sand when he was six. Blindness changed the course of his childhood, preventing him from attending school.
José’s only friend was a neighborhood girl. One day, the girl told José that a clerk at their local store had received eye surgery and was able to see again.
José’s friends and family helped him and his mother save money and reach out to Visualiza Eye Care Center, a TOMS Sight Giving Partner in nearby Guatemala City. José and his mom took a bus to Visualiza, where the doctors determined he would need cataract surgery, explaining that cataract could be repaired with a 15-minute surgery that replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens.
This simple surgery would allow José to see again, and costs would be covered through the support of the TOMS Sight Giving model.
After the bandages from the surgery were removed, both José and his mother started crying. Jose shouted,
“Mom, I can see! I can see!”
Since regaining his sight, José is determined to go back to school. When he grows up, he wants to be a doctor. Andrea, a staff member at Visualiza, in telling the story, welled up with tears, “A 15-year-old-boy (with big ambitions) is excited to start kindergarten.”
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