More than 10 million people suffer from corneal blindness worldwide—equivalent to the population of Paris. In many developing countries, the Chain of Sight is broken by a lack of resources, funding, and expertise.
However, corneal blindness is treatable.
Operation Eye Rescue® is leading the effort to restore sight to children, women, and men around the globe who otherwise could not afford the operation. When surgeons, volunteers, and compassionate individuals complete the Chain of Sight, the corneally blind can see again.
Operation Eye Rescue provides sight to the corneally blind who otherwise could not afford the operation. We do this both in the U.S. and abroad. Contributors fund the direct cost to process the tissue for one or more operations. We then identify the surgeons willing to donate their services, take care of all tissue processing and related administration.
"When I return home, jet-lagged, exhausted, I reflect on the trip, look through my photos, report on patient outcomes...and start thinking about the next visit." — Dr. James Lehmann, OER Surgeon
A Sustainable Mission
This program is sustainable thanks to the generous donors who contribute to Operation Eye Rescue's mission.
Many surgeons who participate in Operation Eye Rescue are American ophthalmologists performing mission work abroad. Your donation advances the impact they can make, while also providing invaluable training for local clinicians who will continue combating corneal blindness.
100% of your tax-deductible donation will be applied to the expenses of processing a cornea and making it available for transplantation.
Your donation will directly contribute to at least one corneally blind person’s ability to see. For each patient, you’ll receive:
The surgeon's report
The patient's biography and photo
A thank you letter from the patient, when possible
“For me, knowing I have helped transform just one life is huge. Together, with KeraLink International’s support, you and I will touch and change the lives of thousands.” —Traudy Grande, CFP-Chair, Operation Eye Rescue