How are we different?
We tackle the blindness problem head-on.
In the year 2000 when the charity was formed, the main reasons the blind were remaining blind in India was the lack of eye surgeons working in the areas of greatest need and the inability of the poor to pay for treatment.
That is still the case now.
Second Sight helps provide those missing surgeons and funds free cataract surgery for blind patients. As a result over 300,000 people in north India are now sighted because of our work.
Our commitment to Bihar state is to see no-one needlessly blind from cataract by the end of the year 2020. We chose Bihar because it has the worst curable blindness problem and because we have extensive contacts with local doctors and eye teams.
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.