Surgery lifts veil of darkness in Myanmar as woeful health care left high rate of blindness

  • by: ROBIN McDOWELL , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 9, 2013 - 4:17 PM

BAGON, Myanmar — Five decades of isolation, military rule and woeful health care have left Myanmar with a particularly high rate of blindness. Now the veil of darkness is starting to lift, thanks in part to an "assembly line" surgical procedure that allows cataracts to be removed safely, without stitches, through two small incisions.

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