Volunteer Eye Surgeons International: Bringing Sight to the World by Dr. Mark Hornfeld, DO
VESI (Volunteer Eye Surgeons International) has worked to restore eyesight to the world since 1986. Many people in underserved communities suffer with vision problems that can be easily corrected using modern ophthalmology tools and practices. VESI strives to reach out to these communities by establishing clinics and offering training to local ophthalmologists. The organization also provides surgical equipment to areas in need.
Volunteer doctors with VESI perform thousands of cataract removal surgeries, repair eye injuries, fix severe astigmatisms, treat eye degeneration, and sometimes restore eyesight to those who are completely blind. Regular eye exams are typical and, through charitable partners, corrective lenses are often donated.
To contact VESI about volunteer or donation opportunities, please visit http://www.vesi.org.
About the Author: Dr. Mark Hornfeld runs Vista Laser Vision in New York, is a fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and has volunteered with Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India.