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Patient receiving treatment during outreach eye screening in India

Susan Smart

A patient being treated by an eye doctor at a makeshift eye clinic in India. This image was taken while Susan, the photographer, was volunteering for the charity Unite For Sight. The charity has a long-term aim to improve global eye health and was founded in 2000. It has been responsible for providing over 90,000 cataract surgeries and giving eye care to 1.9 million people, some of whom live in extreme poverty. Clinics are set up in various locations, including schools. At this clinic, those requiring further treatment were taken to Kalinga Eye Hospital in Dhenkanal, Odisha, where they received eye surgery. They returned to their villages the following day.

Imaging technique: Photography

Photography is essentially the capture of light at a given moment in time. Light entering a camera hits either a chemical film (film camera) or electronic plate (digital camera) that captures the light rays. In traditional photography, the film then has to be developed in a dark room, using a series of chemicals to produce the final image.

Location where image was created

Odisha, India

Image creator

After gaining her degree in photography, Susan gained experience in portrait photography, with her photographs featuring in Vogue and travel guides, and was also the official photographer for the London Design Festival. During a trip to India she volunteered as a photographer at Kalinga Eye Hospital. It was here her passion for medical photography began, and on her return she started working at the Royal Free Hospital in London, becoming an award-winning medical photographer. Find out more.

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