This program is the result of diligent work by Dr. C.R. Seimon, past chairman of the Sri Lanka Eye Foundation. In the late 1980s, Dr. Seimon began canvassing NGOs for support of an eye care infrastructure in Sri Lanka, which became the Batzold Memorial Centre for Sight.
In 1990, Dr. Seimon approached Operation Eyesight for funds to help construct an eye hospital. A generous donor from Vancouver provided most of the funding, and the Centre was named in memory of her parents, United Church minister Rev. Charles and Louisa Batzold. The hospital, through its combination of health care services and training programs, is an invaluable part of Dr. Seimon’s dream of a sustainable eye care program.