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Kausar Shaheen looks closely at coins to identify them

Kausar Shaheen looks closely at coins to identify them, at her chapati bakery in Manhiala, Chakwal district, Pakistan. Kausar suffers from cataracts in both eyes that severely restrict her vision – she struggles with daily tasks

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Kausar shares a joke with her husband

Kausar shares a joke with her husband, Shauket Ali. Four days before this picture was taken, Kausar had an operation to remove a cataract from her right eye; now she wears sunglasses to protect the eye from bright light. Even at this early stage she is already able to do tasks that she would have struggled with before the operation

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Ghulam Murtaza looks at the camera but can barely see

Ghulum Murtaza, 30, pictured at his home in Dhadda Kharu, near Pindi Bhaddian, northern Pakistan. Ghulum suffers from bilateral cataracts and was forced to leave his job in Saudi Arabia and return home because of his poor vision

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Zamurrad Bibi, 55, before her cataract operation

Zamurrad Bibi, 55, before her cataract operation, pictured at her home in Awan town, Rawalpindi district, Punjab

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Zamurrad walks to the market with the help of her daughter Rania,

Zamurrad walks to the market with the help of her daughter Rania, and husband, Tariq. Zamurrad has cataracts in both eyes and struggles to go out unaided

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Murtaza stands by while his brother operates a wood saw at their shared home

Murtaza stands by while his brother operates a wood saw at their shared home. Ghulum used to work alongside his brother at their woodcutting business but his eyesight is now too poor for such tasks

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Murtaza with his wife, Faiza Riaz, 19

Murtaza with his wife, Faiza Riaz, 19. Two days earlier, Murtaza had an operation to remove the cataract in his right eye

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Zamurrad stands in the kitchen while her husband cooks a meal

Zamurrad stands in the kitchen while her husband cooks a meal. She used to cook all the family meals but is no longer able to do so because of her cataracts

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Zamurrad’s niece, Ramsha

Zamurrad’s niece, Ramsha, nine, reads the Qur’an to her aunt