AFTER suffering from cataract blindness for six years, 74-year-old Olita Vakarau can once again see the faces of her grandchildren.
Recently, she could only identify them by their voices.
Mrs Vakarau, who travelled from Narailagi in Seaqaqa, Macuata, had the cataract removed from both eyes this week at the Mission Creek in Natuvu, Cakaudrove.
"Sa marau vahalevu niu sa rawa ni iga, (I am so happy that I can now see)," she said.
Mrs Vakarau said until her operation, she could only identify her grandchildren by hearing their voices or touching their faces.
Life for the past six years had been difficult as she could not do much with limited mobility.
Her hobbies of cooking and playing with her grandchildren were not as frequent.
Another patient Mika Semiloto from Kioa Island counted himself blessed.
He said the surgery restored his eyesight and he would always be grateful to the American team for their kind help.
"This is a very expensive operation and I can't afford it at all. I am so lucky that I have been given a chance to see things better after the operation," he said.
"When I heard about this team's visit, I made sure to be a part of it because I needed to restore my eye-sight and that has happened."