SEE International’s SEE Doc network consists of more than 650 ophthalmologists and medical volunteers, from 80 different countries. Some of our SEE Docs serve primarily as hosts for clinics, while others travel extensively. They cover their own travel expenses, and provide accommodation for visiting surgeons. Working together, our visiting and host volunteer eye surgeons have performed more than 460,000 sight-restoring surgeries, transforming their lives forever.
The restoration of sight transform more than just the patient’s life, too. The lives of everyone connected to that person improve. Once sight is recovered, a productive life is possible again. Millions of people have to set aside their livelihood or education to take care of a blind relative. Now they can return to the field, market, or classroom.
In 2016, our volunteer teams completed more than 200 expeditions in 43 different countries. We restored sight to 17,000 men, women, and children.
Our Santa Barbara Vision Care Program helped more than 1,800 local residents, providing free comprehensive eye exams, eye glasses, and/or sight-restoring surgery.
We trained 62 ophthalmologists to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), to ensure that they have the high-quality skills necessary to work in rural settings.