Our primary aim: no-one suffering from curable blindness in the state of Bihar in India by the end of 2020. We chose Bihar because it is the worst place in the world for treatable blindness.
Our legacy: to leave behind hospitals with local eye surgeons and local teams where patients too poor to pay are never forgotten.
An on-going commitment after the year 2020: to continue the sharing of clinical expertise between Second Sight’s eye specialists and our Indian colleagues.
How are we different?
We have no paid staff, no office, we are all professionals who volunteer our skills and pay our own expenses. This allows us to spend every penny of every donation on restoring sight.
Being a small charity, Second Sight is unencumbered by bureaucracy. We can make decisions in the field and implement them immediately. We believe that curable blindness is an urgent humanitarian situation and compounds poverty.
In spite of being small, we punch well above our weight. Over 16 years, more than a quarter of a million blind people have had their sight restored because of our work.
TestimonialsI continue to marvel at the cost-effectiveness of Second Sight and their seemingly boundless energy and commitment …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.
NGOs came offering equipment, offering advice. But we needed eye surgeons. Second Sight brought us eye surgeons.
The late Rajmal Jain, Director, Shree Bhairav Eye Hospital, India
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 Bihar by working closely with local hospitals. It has given us tremendous support.”
Dr Kumar Krishnan, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bihar.