Pope Francis to undergo surgery in 2019

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Pope Francis gestures during a news conference on board of the plane during his flight back from a trip to Chile and Peru, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis has revealed he needs to have cataract surgery, a common procedure for older people, because his eyesight is failing.

“At my age, for example, you get cataracts, and you do not see well reality: next year we will have to have an operation,” Francis said during a meeting with inmates of a Rome prison on Thursday.

It was a casual aside while the 81-year-old pontiff was speaking about the need for people to “renew their gaze” in their approach to life, and to perform “cataract surgery on the soul.”

According to the American Academy of Ophtalmology, having a cataract can be like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things may look blurry, hazy or less colourful.

This happens when the eye’s internal lens goes cloudy, and the problem is resolved by its replacement with a clear artificial lens.

According to media report, the operation has a high success rate.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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