Who We Are

Our Story

In 1974, Dr. Harry Brown founded SEE International in response to the overwhelming number of individuals around the world living with preventable blindness.

To address the global lack of access to high-quality clinical eyecare, Dr. Brown and his colleagues developed an efficient mobile eye surgery system of intensive, short-term surgical clinics for remote, medically underserved populations worldwide.

What began with a small group of medical professionals soon grew into a network of what is now over 650 volunteer ophthalmologists, both traveling and host doctors alike, who provide tools, training, and expertise to help combat preventable blindness.

In the last 45 years, SEE has restored sight to over 600,000 people, making their families and communities healthier and stronger.

SEE international founder Dr. Harry Brown with a patient
Volunteer ophthalmologists checking a patient's eye

Humanitarian Leaders

It is the hard work and dedication of our volunteer doctors that makes SEE’s vital work possible.

Our network of over 650 volunteer medical professionals donate their time and expertise to ensure individuals all across the globe can access the care they need. SEE is honored to work with such inspiring humanitarian leaders who share our mission of eradicating preventable blindness.

Meet the Team

SEE International is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, where our Board of Directors and 20-person team manages the logistics and operations for hundreds of clinics and educational opportunities around the globe every year. 

SEE International's staff photo
SEE ophthalmologist in surgery correcting a patient's vision

Partners in Sight

SEE has a broad network of local and international partners, which enables us to carry out our mission of breaking the cycle of hardship caused by preventable blindness.  

If you are interested in joining this network and collaborating with SEE, learn more at the link below.


SEE International is committed to transparency in all aspects of operation. As a result, we have received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, a score of 100 out of 100 from Charity Navigator, and we are an Accredited Charity by BBB’s Give.org.

If you would like to see that transparency in action, learn more at the link below.

SEE International Volunteer Doctor testing a patients eye

What We Have Done

Since its founding in 1974, SEE has effected change through sight-restoring programs in numerous communities, both internationally and locally.

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