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Louisville doctor and team plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to promote world sight

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville doctor is changing thousands of lives by restoring their vision. And Dr. Muhammad Ali Haider and his team have plans to reach new heights and raise money for eye surgeries overseas.

Since Dr. Haider became an Ophthalmologist, he's performed up to 6,000 surgeries to restore vision … many of those surgeries in third world countries.

“Over there, nobody's there to do their cataracts," Dr. Haider said. "So they just keep on losing vision until they become blind."

With inexpensive medical equipment and an eight-minute procedure, he continues to change lives. As president and co-founder of World Sight Now, he has brought clinics to Ghana, Iraq, Madagascar, Pakistan and Tanzania. To continue that work, Dr. Haider and a team have plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

“We wanted to raise awareness about blindness in Africa and other third world countries,” Dr. Haider said.

The goal is to raise about $60,000.

“You can, for $25, give sight to one person - it’s as simple as that,” said Dr. Haider.

Since 2012, World Sight Now has given about 1,000 people their vision back every year.

“There would be a line outside. Mostly people from other villages will come. You will first diagnose them, obviously, and then the next couple of days you will have a list of surgeries, and you'll be working all day,” Dr. Haider said.

But that 15-hour work day is worth it, he said, because his patients are beyond thankful before he even helps them.

“A lot of times I've had patients who would just cry because you have said yes ... They won't believe me that I am willing to see them. How come a doctor from America is willing to see somebody like me?” Dr. Haider said.

He added the look in their eyes when the patients can see him for the first time creates a sense of hope.

“You know that this person not only can help himself or herself, but no longer is a burden on a society that is already so poor,” Dr. Haider said.

And he feels an addiction to help, that he just can't shake.

“This is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your fellow human beings,” he said.

You can donate to World Sight Now by clicking here.

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