Second Sight UK Registered Charity 1080445

Websites are inevitably headlines and statistics. Read the real stories involved in our work in ‘A Runaway Goat’ by Lucy Mathen.

Every book cures a blind person.


How are we different?

We began in 2000 with £5,000 donated by a rock star and the spare time of eye surgeons from Britain travelling to work voluntarily in India. People were remaining blind simply because there were not enough eye surgeons in the areas of greatest need. 17 years on together with dedicated Indian eye surgeons we have restored sight to over 340,000 blind women, men and children. And we have prevented blindness for countless others. We have trained local people, accumulated unrivalled knowledge of the state of Bihar and helped establish community eye hospitals that will provide a safety net for the poor after we leave. We intend to see Bihar free of curable blindness by the end of 2020.

The trustees and clinicians are active both at home and out in the field ensuring high quality surgery and ethical practise. 


I have worked with many eye NGOs but Second Sight is different. It is founded and run by eye specialists with lots of experience, so it is more focussed on quality of surgery and ethical practice.
Dr.Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Ophthalmologist, Bihar, India.

There can be no comparison between large organisations working in the same field in terms of value for money or need for financial assistance - Second Sight wins both of these contests hands down.
Prof Phillip Bloom, Ophthalmologist, U.K.

Second Sight has changed attitudes and strengthened resolve. They frequently come to Bihar, spend time with everyone from the hospital driver to the eye surgeons. They operate, they teach, they stay in villages with outreach workers, they talk to patients, we can discuss every detail with them. It is revolutionary!
Thakur Dharmendra Pd Singh, Director Laxman Eye Hospital, Bihar.

I have worked on and off in the developing world since 1964 so have a reasonable overview as to how eye NGOs are structured. At one extreme are large bureaucratic organisations with numerous staff on big salaries and top-heavy offices in the poor countries in which they work. At the other extreme are small, low profile but high impact charities like Second Sight focussed on one particular problem and region.
John Sandford Smith MBE, Ophthalmologist, U.K.

A wonderful goal— to eradicate cataract blindness in the most underdeveloped and neglected state of India by working closely with local hospitals. It has given us a tremendous boost.
Dr Kumar Krishnan, Ophthalmologist, Bihar.