Conditions We Treat

SEE International’s network of doctors are specialized in treating various eye conditions, but a majority of the patients served in the humanitarian field are afflicted with cataracts or refractive errors.

In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on global vision which found at least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, and over 1 billion of those cases are caused by refractive error and cataracts.


Cataracts cause a third of all blindness cases

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts affect approximately 65.2 million people and cause moderate to severe vision loss in over 80% of cases.

That’s why treating cataracts is one of our organization’s main focuses as a cost-effective health intervention. Since 1974, SEE has worked diligently to reduce the number of cataract cases around the world.

Young child in red and white shirt being tested for a refractive error

Refractive Error 

Uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of vision impairment

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 153 million people live with visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive errors.

That’s why diagnosing and treating refractive error right here in the U.S. is another one of our organization’s main focuses. SEE’s invaluable partnerships and our Santa Barbara Vision Care (SBVC) work to reduce the number of uncorrected refractive error cases across the U.S.

Other Conditions We Treat

Although SEE primarily treats cataracts and refractive errors, we also treat the following conditions on a case-by-case basis:

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