About

IT STARTS WITH A CHAMPION

Eyesight International was founded in 1992 by Dr Paul J Dubord supported by a significant large donation from a grateful patient (a champion) who had undergone corneal transplantation.

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Lv Prasad Eye Institute circa 2019
OUR COLLABORATION

A SHARED VISION

This champion had also recognized the profound need for corneal transplantation in Lower and Middle Income Countries / Developing World (LMIC) that was not being met. In 1989, Dr Dubord was invited by the LV Prasad Eye Institute to work with them in Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation. Subsequently, ESI and the LVPEI have worked together.

WORLD EFFORT

FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL

Since that time, ESI has focused on Corneal Transplantation, Eye Banking and the education of associated Health Care Professionals. Similar efforts have been taken in Japan, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India. ESI is a non profit, capacity building charity focused on quality and access to all in need and local self sustainability.

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THE MAN BEHIND ESI’s VISION

Dr. Paul J. Dubord

Doctor Paul Dubord is a Professor Emeritus at UBC. He’s been affiliated with UBC since 1977, as a Corneal Transplantation, External Disease Sub-specialist [eye-surgeon] with a special interest in Eye Banking. He founded and established the Eye Bank of British Columbia in 1982.

He founded Eyesight International [ESI] in 1992 due in large part to a significant donation by a gracious patient who wanted to support Dr Dubord’s work in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries LMIC. In 1989, he was invited to work with the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad India to work with them in Corneal Transplantation and Eye Banking, a successful partnership that continues to this day

In 1993 Dr Dubord was appointed to an expert working group with Health Canada to address Cell Tissue and Organ Transplantation in response to the HIV and Hepatitis C epidemic associated with blood banking. This committee and a subsequent Canadian Standards Association group went on to generate the most comprehensive set of medical standards for all cell tissue and organ donation that exists worldwide.

Dr Dubord has worked in Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka ,Africa ,South America ,Europe and primarily in India looking to improve access and the quality of Corneal Transplantation.

In North America he’s been affiliated with the Eye Bank Association of America and has held various leadership positions including on their Medical Advisory Board since 1992. Currently he is a member of America Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Bank Committee. He is Medical Director of Operation Eyesight International. With UBC he is a member of the Branch of International Surgery.

In 2004 the World Health Organization appointed him to an expert advisory panel on Cell Tissue and Organ Transplantation , whose work continues to this present day.

In 2012 he was honoured with the creation of a chair in his name the “Paul Dubord Chair of Cornea” at the LVPEI. The Doctors of BC in 2018 awarder Dr Dubord with the Cam Coady Medal of Excellence for his Global volunteer activity.

WHERE WE ARE

ESI IN THE WORLD

Giving Hope and Vision to the Needlessly Blind

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The Great Achievements

5000+ transplants

ESI in partnership with the LVP have achieved milestones far beyond their expectations. This includes the development of the largest Eye Bank in LMIC with greater than 5,000 transplants performed in 2019. As well, we have trained more Fellows (qualified eye surgeons) in the area of Corneal Transplantation than any other organization involved in Health Care in the World (more than 340 Fellows).

The great Expansion

Become a Champion

ESI plans to expand its programs to other parts of the LMIC where the needs are dramatic with millions of needlessly corneal blind that have no access to corneal transplantation. Become a champion and an advocate of ESI by sharing this organization’s goals and achievements with your family and friends. Furthermore, you may donate directly to our programs.

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