Medical Eye Center - Global Partners Program

Global Partners Program

Improve your vision. Change a life.

When you choose LASIK at Medical Eye Center, you’re partnering with us to provide life-changing cataract surgery for a blind person in need. We call it our Global Partners Program. For every LASIK surgery performed, your surgeon will personally sponsor one sight-restoring cataract surgery in Nepal, Ghana, or Ethiopia, through the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, accounting for more than 18 million needlessly blind. While most global health challenges cannot be easily cured, cataract blindness is a striking exception. Cataract blindness can be cured “overnight” with a 10 minute procedure, for as little as $25 per eye. This is why the World Bank has called cataract surgery “one of the most cost-effective public health interventions available.”

The Facts

  • Life expectancy for the blind is only one-third of that for age-matched peers
  • 90% of blind individuals can no longer work
  • 50% report loss of social standing and decision-making authority

Give sight, give life.

Partner with Medical Eye Center to give sight to the blind. When you do, you’ll not only be giving sight, you’ll be giving life. Read stories of those who have had their sight and lives restored through the Medical Eye Center Global Partners Program.

“I felt useless, nothing but a burden to everyone. I will always be grateful to the doctor for restoring my sight and giving me my life back.” —Eskedar Haji, 15, Ethiopia


Himalayan Cataract Project – Arba Minch, Ethiopia Video

This video shows a Himalayan Cataract Project outreach in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, capturing the moment patients realize their sight has been restored. Ethiopia has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world with an estimated 500,000 blind from cataracts. In all, 608 patients underwent sight-restoring surgery.


You can also help by donating directly to the Himalayan Cataract Project —every donation makes a difference!