Why we help
Over 12.5 million people are needlessly Corneal Blind
Over 95% live in LMIC. This disability impacts profoundly both on victims and caregivers. More than 1.5 million people [Including 350,000 Infants] become corneal blind each year. Over 80% are curable with Corneal Transplantation. ESI provides a way.
How weʼre helping them
WE PROVIDE EXPERTISE
ESI helps by focusing on Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking quality and access. This is achieved through Local Partnerships, Education, Training, Equity and Self Sustainability.
Education and Training
There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.
– Helen Keller
OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS
ESI achievements are unique in the world. ESI focuses exclusively on Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking. ESI is guided by the Principles of Quality, not for profit and access for all those in need.
Education of Health Care Professionals
ESI and its partners have trained more Eye Surgeons in Corneal Transplantation than any other educational institution involved in Eye care in the world. Furthermore, more than 50% of our Corneal Specialists in training are women.
This procedure requires special training for eye surgeons both in the surgery itself and in the follow-up of patients. ESI and its partners have established the largest corneal transplantation service in the world in Hyderabad, India. On average more than 2700 corneal transplants are performed per year. This is more than in all of Canada in one year.
ESI has provided expertise and planning from the national to the local level to achieve successful Eye Banking programs. For example, in Hyderabad, India, ESI has worked with partners to establish the largest eye bank in the world with over 5000 corneas for transplant surgeries per year.
Transfer of Expertise
ESI has provided expertise within its mandate since 1992. For example it pioneered hospital based donation programs which have become the foundation of Eye Banking in all LMIC. In 2020 ESI with partners developed a Management Information Program which will eventually be available to all Eye Banks in LMIC.
THE MAN BEHIND ESI’s VISION
Dr. Paul J. Dubord
Doctor Paul Dubord is a Professor Emeritus at UBC. As an Eye surgeon specializing in Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking, he has volunteered in disadvantaged countries for the past 30 years. He founded Eyesight International [ESI] in 1992. With the World Health Organization he is an advisor regarding Transplantation since 2004.
WHAT MAKES US PROUD
LATEST NEWS & STORIES
Dr.Paul J Dubord the founder of Eyesight International is currently Professor Emeritus at UBC
How Did Eyesight International [ESI] Begin?
The Value of Partnership in Working in LMIC
THOSE WE HELP
ESI is a world authority not only for the problems of addressing corneal disease in the developing world but also the mechanisms or process to achieve progress in often difficult political and economic environments.
Professor John Marshall
MBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSCI, FRCPath, FRSB. Frost Professor of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, Emeritus Professor King’s College , London
ESI programs have had an impact beyond patient needs. For instance the progress of cornea banking in India has influenced legislation and oversight in the whole field of tissue and organ transplantation.
Docteur Luc Noel
Retired Coordinator Clinical Procedures
The contribution of Eyesight International in building capacity through development of eye banks and training of corneal surgeons was pioneering and created the much needed momentum to tackle this malady.
Nag [Gullapalli ] Rao
Chair of the LV Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad , India
WE’re NOT ALONE
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Branch of International Surgery - UBC
BIS was created to advance comprehensive surgical care to all those in need Nationally and Internationally.
LV Prasad Eye Institute
The LVPEI is one of the Premier Eye Institutes in the world. The institute is a WHO collaborator centre for the prevention of blindness.
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
IAPB is the WHO affiliate organization promoting comprehensive eye-care for all in the world