Three-year-old Truc is assessed for treatment by Orbis trained eye doctors in Vietnam

Nothing Will Stop These Girls Now

March 2021

Today we're celebrating girls who have received the gift of sight. Blindness is a gender issue disproportionately affecting girls and women. With clear vision, a girl can see a new world of possibilities. She can learn in school, help her family, and contribute to her community.

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At Orbis, we work to end cycles of poverty and create a world where everyone has equal access to eye care. Our wonderful supporters are making it possible for girls everywhere to reach their potential! Enjoy these heartwarming stories of hope and transformation. #SeeHerPotential

VISION-RESTORING SURGERY GIVES LY HER CONFIDENCE BACK

Ly’s mother was devastated her daughter was born with strabismus. If left untreated, this eye condition can lead to blindness. What's more, other children would tease Ly, which made her sad and broke her mother's heart. But since her operation in Vietnam, Ly's sight has been restored—and with it, her confidence. It's all thanks to our kind supporters and inspiring partners that this little 4-year-old could get the treatment she needed.

Savynna waits for surgery on our Flying Eye Hospital to correct her squint

SAVYNNA CAN NOW #SEEHERPOTENTIAL

Like many other 11-year-olds, Savynna is full of energy and loves sports. Despite continuously wearing her glasses, Savynna's strabismus wasn't getting any better. As her eye condition worsened, she began getting bullied at school. An Orbis volunteer doctor examined Savynna at a partner hospital in Barbados. After her sight-saving surgery, Savynna told us: “The girls and boys used to call me ‘cross eyes’ but now they can’t because my eyes are straight!”

A WORLD OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR MARLA

Little Marla was born with congenital cataracts. If she hadn't received surgery at an Orbis-supported hospital, she would have suffered permanent vision loss. Orbis-trained surgeon Dr. Murat performed the surgery when Marla was only 42 days old. Marla became the youngest person in Mongolian history to receive cataract surgery! Marla is just one member of the generations of girls who can now grow up to lead independent lives with healthy sight.​

Trinh, strabismus patient from Vietnam, wearing a pink shirt

TRINH'S LIFE IS TRANSFORMED THANKS TO THE GIFT OF HEALTHY SIGHT

Looking at 15-year-old Trinh now, you would never know she had surgery on both eyes. Before her operation, a collision with a truck left her with a severe case of strabismus. This made it very difficult for her to learn in school. She received surgery when the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital traveled to Vietnam, before COVID-19. Now, Trinh's vision is clear! She's empowered to excel in school and be a force for good in her community.

LITTLE VAISHNAVI CAN SEE THE WORLD AGAIN

When 5-year-old Vaishnavi started to lose sight in her right eye, her father feared she would struggle in school. He took her to a doctor in their village in India. Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t have the resources to treat the girl’s cataract. So she and her family journeyed by bus to an Orbis partner hospital. There, her cataract was removed and her sight saved! Now, Vaishnavi has a bright future ahead.

Three-year-old Truc had strabismus, but she had her vision saved thanks to Orbis trained eye surgeons

TRUC CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A LIFE OF CLEAR VISION

Three-year-old Truc's eyes turned inward. She had strabismus which causes the eyes to look in different directions when focusing. Her vision was so impaired that Truc's mother worried she'd get hit by a car while walking. An Orbis volunteer surgeon operated on one of Truc's eyes, and local eye health professionals received valuable training as they observed. Shortly after, she had surgery on her second eye. Her mom is now relieved that Truc can #SeeHerPotential!

YOU CAN HELP A GIRL #SEEHERPOTENTIAL

Please help a girl #SeeHerPotential with a donation today. Your gift will help give women and girls equal access to eye care. A brighter future for girls is a brighter future for our planet!

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