The 60 Minutes segment “Out of Darkness” features two eye surgeons, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin, who are giving sight to people who have been blind for years due to cataracts. CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker travels to Burma (also known as Myanmar) to see the doctors in action — in the operating room. With the doctors they’ve trained in Nepal to perform the simple operation, Ruit and Tabin claim to have reversed blindness in more than 4 million people.
[Left: Buy the book Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness on Amazon and the publisher will donate to the Himalayan Cataract Project]
Ruit and Tabin have formed the non-profit organization CureBlindness to provide more surgeries to more people in the developing world. If you donate $100 or more directly to the project, you will receive a free copy of the inspirational book Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time. 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.