Words by Tess Becker
The largest cause of blindness worldwide is cataracts, a cloudy region on the lens of your eye. They become increasingly common as we get older – more than half of all Americans over the age of 80 have some form of cataracts.
The condition can be cured with a 10-minute surgery, but the issue is that the procedure can be incredibly expensive, ranging anywhere from a minimum of $3,000 to $5,000 per eye.
To help, YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, announced that he has paid for cataract surgeries for hundreds of patients who couldn’t afford the procedure in the video, titled “1,000 Blind People See For The First Time.”
“When patients go into surgery, there’s a chance that they can get their life back,” Donaldson, who is the most-followed individual YouTuber in the world with 131 million subscribers, says in the video.
“I wanted to provide this to as many people as possible.”