Become a SEE Doctor
We’re proud that over 650 eye care professionals from more than 80 countries volunteer with SEE to provide transformative eye care to the world’s most vulnerable populations. SEE Doctors can act as hosts for our international programs, and as traveling surgeons who provide tools, training, and expertise to help combat preventable blindness across the globe.
Transform someone’s life
It feels so important to give back, but giving back, I get a lot in return. I get tremendous satisfaction out of trying to help restore sight for someone who doesn’t see.
Dr. Reed Kinderman
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Every year, SEE Doctors collectively host and travel to over 200 clinics in more than 40 countries, providing thousands of screenings and sight-restoring surgeries.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the professional requirements for medical volunteers?
Our affiliate eye surgeons must be in active practice and board certified (or foreign equivalent) in their country of residence.
What is the time commitment for volunteers at a SEE eye clinic?
A typical surgical clinic lasts for five days, Monday through Friday. SEE Docs are also invited to participate in other activities such as lectures and roundtable discussions about the clinic (areas of improvement, future plans, etc.).
Who provides supplies and equipment?
The visiting SEE International team hand-carries all surgical supplies required for complete cataract surgery. These supplies are generally procured by SEE International headquarters. Portable operating microscopes, instrument sets, and other equipment may be available for loan.
What are the duties of a visiting SEE Doc?
- Serve as volunteers and pay own travel expenses including airfare, excess baggage, accommodations, food, and transportation (if not provided by the host)
- Perform life-enhancing surgery together with host ophthalmologist
- Promote skills exchange and education with local ophthalmologists by assisting one another and presenting lectures on topics suggested by host
What are the duties of a host SEE Doc?
- Secure letters of invitation and clearances from appropriate health and civic authorities
- Screen patients based on medical and socioeconomic status
- Encourage support and cooperation of other local ophthalmologists
- Perform life-enhancing surgery together with visiting team
- Supervise the eye clinic and exchange skills with the visiting affiliates
- Administer post-operative patient care (immediate and long-range as required)
- Provide in-country transportation and (when possible) food and lodging for the visiting surgical team
- Possess a working knowledge of English or provide translators for the team if needed
- Select an appropriate hospital or clinic facility
Who are the patients?
SEE eye clinics deliver critical care to underserved individuals in communities that would otherwise not have access to eye care. They are pre-screened (medically and socio-economically) by host ophthalmologists. The highest-priority surgical cases are bilaterally blind patients who have a surgically correctable condition (e.g., bilateral cataracts). Patients receive post-operative follow up care from the host ophthalmologist.
What facilities do SEE clinics use?
- Ideally, facilities equipped for ophthalmic surgery. Minimally, the facility must have an operating theater, running water, electricity, and proper sterilization techniques (preferably an autoclave)
- Select local staff prepared to manage patient flow and provide support to the team
- Two or three operating tables so a number of eye surgeons can operate simultaneously, performing 50 to 100 cases in one week
What are SEE Doc Dues?
Annual membership dues are an essential part of how we fund our worldwide programs and deliver critical eye care to individuals who cannot afford it. SEE Docs have the option to pay between $250–$2,500 each year. Dues can be paid here.
Sight Saver – $250
Includes all of the following benefits: Membership Certificate, Scrub Cap, Shirt
Visionary — $500
Includes all of the “Sight Saver” benefits, plus the following: Scrub Top, Tote Bag, 25% Discount on One Level MSICS Training Course in 2020.
Global Leader — $1,000
Includes all the “Visionary” benefits, including the following: Water Bottle, Name/Logo linked on the SEE webpage throughout 2020.
Business Partner — $2,500
Includes all the “Global Leader” benefits, plus the following: Special Acknowledgement in SEE’s Monthly E-Newsletter, Exclusive Social Media Channels, Customized Materials for your Office.
How can I volunteer in the U.S.?
To find out how to volunteer in the U.S., please send an email to our Vice President of Programs, Arianna Castellanos, at firstname.lastname@example.org