2001 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 1st prize

Michael Amendolia

Network Photographers

10 June, 1999

The funeral party watch as corneas are extracted by the eye bank team on the banks of the Bagmati River. Intense ultra-violet light at high altitudes in Nepal causes cloudy cataracts and eventual blindness. Over 70 per cent of blind people in Nepal suffer from cataracts but the condition is easily treatable. Eye Camps have been set up in remote parts of the country to alleviate the problem, and in the capital Kathmandu an eye bank co-ordinates cornea donation.

About the photographer

Michael Amendolia

Based in Sydney, Australian photographer Michael Amendolia has 27 years experience working for Australian and international magazines, newspapers and companies. His editorial cli...

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