In April 2004, I had the privilege of making a visit to Burma with my colleague and good friend Mr Ali Mearza FRCOphth. Based at the Watchet Jivitadana Hospital, 1-2 hours outside of Mandalay, we conducted clinics that were open to everybody and took surgical cases to the operating theatre each day. We operatedfor most of the day with the bulk of the caseload comprised of very dense cataracts. Other cases included pterygia, glaucoma, trachoma and microbial keratitis. Our hosts were amongst the warmest, most hospitable (not to mention humble) people that we have met. A true pleasure to have met them and worked amongst them