June: Cataract Awareness Month — Let’s Shed Light on Needless Blindness

Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation
4 min readJun 8, 2023
A Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation patient after having her cataracts cured in Ghana. Credit: Michel Amendolia

June is not just a month of sunshine and warm weather; it’s also a time for reflection, awareness, and action. During this Cataract Awareness Month, we have the opportunity to shed light on a global health issue that affects millions of individuals: cataract blindness. It’s a condition that robs people of their sight and plunges their lives into darkness, but there are transformative solutions available.

Cataracts are a common eye problem, characterised by the clouding of the lens inside the eye, leading to blurred vision and, eventually, blindness if left untreated. This condition knows no boundaries; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds, although it is more prevalent in older adults.

Unfortunately, those who are most vulnerable to cataract blindness often live in low-income countries, where access to proper healthcare is limited, especially in remote areas.

The consequences of cataract blindness are devastating. Imagine waking up every day unable to see the faces of your loved ones, unable to appreciate the colors of the world, and unable to perform simple tasks that we often take for granted. People with cataract blindness become dependent on others for even the most basic activities, leading to a loss of independence and a sense of despair.

A Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation patient, Prince having his eyes screened in Ghana. Credit: Michel Amendolia

However, amidst the darkness, there is a ray of hope. The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation, in collaboration with dedicated eye care professionals, has and continues to be at the forefront of the battle against cataract blindness. Driven by a passion to make a difference, we have developed an innovative approach to address this global issue head-on.

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation focuses on providing free cataract surgeries to those who need it most. By leveraging the expertise of skilled eye surgeons and utilising cost-effective techniques, we are able to perform high-quality surgeries at a fraction of the usual cost. This approach not only restores sight but also transforms lives, giving people the opportunity to regain their independence, productivity, and dignity.

As Cataract Awareness Month unfolds, we have the power to amplify this movement and make a real impact. There are several ways you can contribute.

A Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation patient with a partner doctor in Nepal. Credit: Michel Amendolia

Spread the word about cataract blindness and its impact on individuals and communities. Use social media, organise local events, or engage with organizations working in the field to amplify the message. Education and awareness are essential for building support and understanding.

If you have medical training or expertise in eye care, consider volunteering your time and skills. Many organisations provide opportunities for medical professionals to contribute their knowledge and participate in cataract surgical camps in underserved areas. Your expertise can help restore sight and bring hope to those in need.

Support Research and Development: Continued research and innovation are crucial for finding new solutions and improving existing techniques for cataract surgeries. Consider supporting organizations that invest in research and development, as they play a pivotal role in advancing the field of eye care.

Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation patients after having their eyes screened in Nepal. Credit: Michel Amendolia

By taking action this Cataract Awareness Month, we can become catalysts for change. Together, we can ensure that every individual, regardless of their economic background, can experience the beauty and joy of a world without cataract blindness. Let’s shine a light on needless blindness and make a lasting impact in the lives of those affected by cataracts.



Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal to end poverty everywhere by making grassroots interventions to cure blindness.