History

RESTORING SIGHT WORLDWIDE SINCE 1974

Founded in 1974, the staff, board and volunteers of SEE International are dedicated to restoring sight to blind people worldwide.

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, SEE International effectively links doctors willing to share their time and expertise with impoverished individuals in critical need of sight-restoring surgery in developing countries. Nearly 90% of blind people live in developing countries, where SEE International focuses the majority of its work. Over the last four decades, SEE International has screened approximately 3.6 million individuals and completed more than 440,000 surgeries worldwide through a generous global volunteer network of more than 650 ophthalmic surgeons, registered nurses, and technicians.

In addition to its international work, SEE International is dedicated to serving its local community. In the mid-1980’s, the Santa Barbara Vision Care Program was created to address the need for free comprehensive eye care with the goal of saving eyesight through early detection among underserved populations in Santa Barbara County. More than 55,000 low-income, uninsured individuals living in Santa Barbara County have been served since the inception of the program.

See these pages for more information on SEE’s Board of Directors and its Founder, Harry S. Brown, MD, FACS.

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