Volunteering Abroad

People in developing countries often lack access to eye care. That’s why U.S. ophthalmologists are stepping-up to participate in medical missions which provide important eye care services to poor communities around the world. Medical Eye Center’s surgeons have traveled far and wide to perform cataract and other vision-restoring eye procedures, choosing to donate their time because their efforts have such a significant impact. Click on map links (or on the links at the right) to learn about our doctors’ efforts abroad.

MEC-Volunteer Abroad-World Map

The Need is Dramatic
The number of blind people in the world is expected to double In the next 20 years, with 90% living in developing countries. The impact of blindness is profound. The cost of losing a productive member of the community is compounded by the cost of caring for them, all of which contributes to the vicious circle of poverty. Four out of five of these cases, however, are treatable. Because supplies are donated, foreign exchange rates are leveraged, and U.S. doctors volunteer their time, successful cataract surgeries are being made available to the desperately poor people of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Healing the Blind in Ethiopia

This video is told from the patients’ point-of-view as a team of American and local doctors perform over 1000 cataract surgeries in a single week. Witness the transformation from desperation and despondence to joy and hope as blind patients gain full sight in less than 24 hours. Cataract surgery transforms the lives of patients, their families, and whole communities. Their emotions are profound and heartfelt.

Click to read about HondurasClick here to read about PeruClick here to read about EthiopiaClick here to read about NepalClick here to read about KenyaClick here to read about KiribatiClick here to read about GhanaClick here to read about Myanmar

How you can help

All the charitable organizations mentioned in this section welcome donations. The money raised goes primarily to supplies, because doctors and other volunteers cover their own travel costs.

For more information, visit these websites: