Restoring sight for the poor

Liu Guangying marvels at the dramatic turn her life has just taken. Nearly blind for almost a year because of a severe cataract condition, she has now had her sight restored and has regained the ability to work thanks to free eye surgery courtesy of a chemical company.

Liu, 58, a farmer from Zhengjia village in Huaiyin district in Jinan, Shandong province, started having problems with her vision and began suffering pain around her eyes in early 2010. Initially she ignored the symptoms but then her eyesight began to deteriorate very quickly. Within a few months she was unable to discern anything but blurred shadows.

Last August, Liu’s son, Zheng Yuanguang, took her to see a doctor in downtown Jinan, where the cataracts were diagnosed. She was told surgery would cost about 10,000 yuan ($1,527). Zheng who feeds his entire family on a monthly salary of about 1,000 yuan, could not afford it and had to take his mother back home in despair.

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