To prevent blindness and restore sight.

About Operation Eyesight

Operation Eyesight Universal is an international development organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness with the help of donations from people like you, and support from service clubs, foundations, corporations and governments.

Based in Canada, we’ve brought sight-restoration and blindness-prevention treatment to millions of people since our founding in 1963. Today, our work is focused in the African countries of Ghana, Kenya 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.

We work in partnership with local governments, medical professionals and community development teams, building essential resources that give all people, including the poorest, access to the help they need. 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, such as distance, cost, a lack of trained eye health personnel and more. Blindness impacts individuals, families, communities and whole countries.

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 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 believe 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 learn about programs in each country where we work, click here. To support our sight-saving work, please donate.