Curing Blindness in the Developing World

The Takeaway

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What's considered a disability in the United States or Western Europe can be completely debilitating in the developing world, where qualified surgeons and physicians are in short supply and even basic technology is difficult to find.

That's particularly true of a widespread problem like blindness, an issue VICE explores in a new documentary. As Dr. Matt Oliva, an ophthalmologist working with the Himalayan Cataract Project in Ethiopia, tells producer Isobel Yeung: "Blindness in Ethiopia's a death sentence. It really is, and it's a social problem, a suffering problem and an economic problem."

As Yeung tells The Takeaway, Dr. Oliva has pioneered some of the technological changes that have improved the lives of blind citizens in countries like Ethiopia.