To prevent blindness and restore sight.

About Operation Eyesight

Operation Eyesight Universal is an international development organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness (blindness that can either be cured or prevented) in partnership with local hospitals and governments, and with the help of donations from people like you.

Since 1963, we’ve brought sight-restoration and blindness-prevention treatment to millions of people. Today, our work is focused in the African countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia and Zambia, and the South Asian countries of Nepal and India – places where blindness can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor.

Guided by our philosophy of “the best for the poorest,” Operation Eyesight works with our hospital and government partners to establish and support quality eye care for all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. We’ve developed an innovative model of hospital-based community eye care that ensures sustainable service for entire communities.

How we help 

  • In Africa and South Asia, people often face numerous barriers to simple eye health, including: 
  • Poverty 
  • Distance 
  • A lack of trained eye health personnel, equipment and facilities 
  • Local beliefs and superstition 
  • Inadequate access to clean water  
  • Malnutrition 

Blindness impacts individuals, families, communities and whole countries.

To eliminate avoidable blindness, we work closely with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the organization that coordinates activities among dozens of eye care organizations from many different countries.

In our model of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health, revenue generated by clients who can afford services offsets the cost of eye care provided to the poor and allows hospitals to achieve self-sufficiency. All our patients receive the same quality treatment and care.

We know that avoidable blindness will be eliminated when everyone has access to quality eye care, regardless of their ability to pay. We believe all countries deserve eye care that is sustainable without foreign support. To support our sight-saving work, please donate.