Sri Lanka: Mrs Liyanage

Mrs. Liyanage is the sole carer for her ailing husband. Her eyesight is vital in ensuring her and her husband have food and are safe. Her vision was causing her problems. She was struggling to see well enough to effectively take care of her husband and complete household chores.

Her inability to safely navigate her community was causing her distress.

“My vision problems made it difficult to do my housework. I couldn’t look after my husband well,” Mrs. Liyanage said with concern.

In a transforming moment, Mrs. Liyanage had her eyes tested and was fitted with a pair of glasses. After many years struggling to see clearly, she can now safely and competently do all the things she needs to do in order to take care of her husband.

After receiving her glasses, Mrs. Liyanage smiled with great relief and said, “Now I can look after my husband well!”

With no children to provide support, the Liyanages are an elderly couple completely reliant on one another. The importance of Mrs. Liyanage having clear vision could not be underestimated.

Thanks to a simple eye examination and pair of glasses, Mrs. Liyanage is confident her husband’s care needs will be met well into the foreseeable future.

The Giving Sight to Sri Lanka program is supported by Optometry Giving Sight.