A cataract clouded Mavis Hall's vision so badly that she gave up driving, then broke her wrist tripping on a step.

Her sight could easily be restored through surgery that takes 20 minutes and would remove the clouded lens inside her right eye.

Hall's optometrist had applied several times to Counties Manukau DHB, but she was deemed below the threshold for surgery.

"He was disgusted," Hall recalls of her optometrist's reaction. "He couldn't understand why. He said, 'This is not right, and I've had so many other people like you.'"


After one assessment a DHB ophthalmologist explained there'd be no

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