What do I see?

Three years ago I began to notice halos around lights at night. A year later I found that headlights of approaching cars seemed too bright, and I would frequently flick my lights  from normal to bright and back again to tell other drivers to take off their brights. I discovered to my chagrin that others didn’t have their bright lights on!

If you’re a grandparent and/or near my age, you probably know I’m describing the symptoms of cataracts. My eye doctor confirmed the diagnosis, and in April I had corrective surgery. Now I have new lenses. I had worn glasses or contacts since 8th grade, and I’ve put my glasses away.

Right now I need a bright light to read small print at night, though the computer screen or iPad are easy. In another couple of weeks I’ll have my final check-up and decide whether to buy reading glasses.

My husband’s aunt, Obele, had completely lost her sight about eight years ago. When I saw her last year at Christmas, she was a new woman. She was celebrating her 90th birthday and she could see! A group of doctors had come to her village in Nigeria and performed cataract surgery on her and others. I was thrilled to see her so excited and to know that she could see me again.

Now in graduation season is a great time to remember the importance of having good vision. There’s an organization called CureBlindness that works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness internationally. I just made a gift to CureBlindness in honor of my grandson Kenechi who is graduating from high school in a couple of weeks. He’s going to Cornell, planning to study medicine. He’s been to my husband’s village and knows Obele. He hasn’t seen her since she regained her sight.

If you want to make a similar gift, you can find their donate page here. They have a place to say if the gift is in honor or memory of someone. They will mail a letter to my grandson to tell him I made a gift in his honor.

Happy graduation season to your children, grandchildren and friends.


About catherineonyemelukwe.com

Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on May 27, 2013, in Family, Giving, graduation, Grandchildren, Health, holidays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Glad to see this! Many years ago, my cataracts were removed with the same amazing (!) results, documented in Finding The Tiger, A Coming of Age (page 150). Thanks for the tip on CureBlindness and promoting your Challenge in a kind and useful way.


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