Powerful Photo Series Captures Children Regaining Sight
India is home to over 30% of the world’s blind population, with countless children being born into a world of darkness due to congenital cataracts each year. When you take into account the fact that these children will not be able to go to school and will always require the help of family to make it through the day, it’s clear that the consequences of blindness extend beyond the physical; they tap into issues of systemic poverty and inequality as well.
Thankfully, the cure for congenital cataracts–a condition where the eye lens is clouded from the moment of birth and eventually leads to blindness if left untreated–is attainable and relatively non-labor intensive. While a life-changing procedure with a price tag of $300 might not seem to be cost prohibitive to us, it is in India, where 68% of its population lives on less than $2 a day. A New York-based NGO, WonderWork, is trying to bridge this gap by sending doctors to India to perform these surgeries on those in need. Photographer Brent Stirton followed two patients, Anita and Sonia Singh, on this miraculous journey, documenting their transformation through film. The ensuing photos are incredibly moving, and we encourage you to check them out at Time Lightbox.