SSI is a certified  501(c)(3) Medical Service Non-Profit Organization



Surgical supplies are
purchased at cost from pharmaceutical companies such as Bausch and Lomb and Alcon (as well as many others) with whom SSI board members have had long standing working relationships.



In addition to providing sight-restoring
surgeries, SSI also provides professional skills support and training for local surgeons who may lack the resources to continue their medical education and improve their surgical skills.  Didactic lectures, practice surgery and live surgery are tailored to the particular local surgeons’ needs and level of skill.


Sight Surgery International
is a charitable organization that organizes and implements sight-restoring surgery clinics throughout the developing world, serving populations where blindness from cataracts is a scourge.  Our volunteer team performs more than 1,200 surgeries per year.  None of us receive any salary at SSI.

Every 5 seconds someone in the world goes blind.

One child loses their sight each minute of every day.


45 million people in the world are blind.

25 million adults and children are blind due to cataracts.

80% of them live in under-developed nations.

80% of the world's blindness is correctable with available medical and surgical care.


We recruit volunteer surgeons

from economically developed as well as emerging countries to donate their time and professional skills to perform cataract surgeries in remote locales where eye care may never before have been provided.
Your donation brings sight to life for poor patients in the developing world.
Current estimates are that cataracts blind over 25,000,000 people worldwide. If those people had access to a simple operation, their eyesight could
be easily restored.

Cataract surgery is a safe, predictable, and life-transforming procedure performed in less than 30 minutes under local anesthetic.

The magnitude of the need for blindness remediation coupled with such a simple and inexpensive solution has catalyzed the SSI team to refine a truly responsive solution.