Our SEE doctors have been providing free eye care and surgeries in the Dominican Republic since 1997.
Our teams collaborate with a variety of local organizations to restore sight throughout the country.
Previously, SEE has worked in Barahona with Children of the Nations (COTN), San Pedro de Macoris with Hawaiian Eye, and Santiago with Island Impact. We have also provided vital eye care services in Santo Domingo (the capital city), La Romana, Puerto Plata, and Moca.
The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation. It is located on the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. The country sustains one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas; the number of Dominicans living in poverty has declined by 6% in a span of just two years. However, the country spends far less of its GDP on health (1.6%), compared to the regional average (4.5%). Consequently, there are still 33,000 Dominicans with bilateral blindness, the vast majority of whom have treatable cataracts.