Bring SIGHT to the needlessly blind

ESI is providing hope and vision to the curable Corneal Blind in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

Help us to provide hope and vision

ESI is a unique charity in the world focusing exclusively on Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking.

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


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.

Eye Banking

Eye Banking

Eye Banking involves the identification of appropriate deceased donors, obtaining consent from the donor family, tissue collection, assessment and processing.
Corneal Transplantation

Corneal Transplantation

Corneal Transplantation is the replacement of the diseased or scarred portions of the cornea which is normally clear. This is similar to changing the lens of a camera. It is approximately 12 mm in diameter.
Education and Training

Education and Training

The education and training of healthcare professionals are critical to any successful corneal transplantation program. This includes surgeons, eye bank managers, technicians and counsellors.

There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.

– Helen Keller



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.

Corneal Transplantation

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.

Eye Banking

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.

Lv Prasad Eye Institute circa 2014

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.





Dr.Paul J Dubord the founder of Eyesight International is currently Professor Emeritus at UBC

Dr.Paul J Dubord the founder of Eyesight International is currently Professor Emeritus at UBC

The World Health Organization appointed Dr. Dubord a member of an Expert Advisory Panel on Cell Tissue and Organ transplantation in 2005.
World Blindness

World Blindness

Blindness and visual impairment is in most cases a preventable personal affliction imposing a profound personal and economic burden on individuals, communities and countries.
Corneal Blindness

Corneal Blindness

The World Health Organization [WHO] has recognized that curing blindness vision is essential to achieve the sustainable development goals of the WHO.
How Did Eyesight International [ESI] Begin?

How Did Eyesight International [ESI] Begin?

"In the early 1990s, prior to the founding of ESI, Dr. Dubord had worked in Japan, Pakistan, China, and India ...
The Value of Partnership in Working in LMIC

The Value of Partnership in Working in LMIC

In 1989 I embarked on my first trip to a LMIC to undertake Eye Banking and Corneal transplantation as a member of a team going to Karachi, Pakistan.


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



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