After traveling the world and creating images of his experiences, Michael S. Lewis, M.D. wanted to help those without sight view their own surroundings. Therefore, all the profits from his book, One World: A View of 50 Countries, will benefit the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP). This organization, co-founded by Chicago area ophthalmic surgeon, Geoff Tabin, has restored sight to more than 200,000 patients in Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sikkim. It now has extended into Ghana in West Africa.
Dr. Tabin not only performs the cataract surgery but also teaches local doctors how to perform the operation—and then leaves the equipment for the doctors to carry on the work against blindness. At present there are 20,000,000 people who cannot see their hands in front of their faces. Typically after cataract surgery they can see perfectly.