About

IT STARTS WITH A CHAMPION

Eyesight International was founded in 1992 by Dr. Paul J Dubord, supported by a significant donation from a grateful patient — a champion — who had undergone corneal transplantation. This champion also recognized that the profound need for corneal transplantation in lower- and middle-income countries was not being met.

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Lv Prasad Eye Institute circa 2019
OUR COLLABORATION

A SHARED VISION

In 1989, the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, invited Dr. Dubord to work in eye banking and corneal transplantation. ESI and the LVPEI continue to work together.

WORLD EFFORT

FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL

Throughout its history, ESI has focused on corneal transplantation, eye banking and education of health care professionals. Momentum to cure unnecessary blindness is building, with similar efforts in Japan, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India. ESI is a non-profit, capacity-building charity focused on access to quality care for all in need, and to local self-sustainability.

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THE MAN BEHIND ESI’s VISION

Dr. Paul J. Dubord

Dr. Paul Dubord has a vision: to restore sight to the millions of people who go blind simply because they can’t get the quality care to cure them. He’s been affiliated with the University of British Columbia as a corneal transplantation, external disease sub-specialist (eye-surgeon) with a special interest in eye banking since 1977, and is now professor emeritus. He founded and established the Eye Bank of British Columbia in 1982.

In 1989, he was invited to work with the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, on corneal transplantation and eye banking. Eyesight International got its start a few years later, in 1992, after a generous patient who wanted to support Dr. Dubord’s work in lower- and middle-income countries offered a significant donation.
EI was happy to join forces with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, and this successful partnership continues to this day.

In 1993, Health Canada appointed Dr. Dubord to an expert working group to address cell tissue and organ transplantation in response to the HIV and hepatitis C spread associated with blood banking. The committee and a subsequent Canadian Standards Association group went on to generate the most comprehensive set of medical standards for cell tissue and organ donation worldwide.

Dr. Dubord has worked in Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Africa, South America, Europe and primarily in India to improve access to quality corneal transplants. In North America, he’s been affiliated with the Eye Bank Association of America and has held various leadership positions, including serving on its medical advisory board since 1992. He is a member of the America Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Bank Committee, and a 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. 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 B.C. awarder Dr. Dubord the Dr. Cam Coady Medal of Excellence for his global volunteer activity in 2018.

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 and the LVPEI have achieved milestones far beyond our expectations. This includes developing the largest eye bank in lower- and middle-income countries, with more than 5,000 transplants performed in 2019. As well, we have trained more fellows (qualified eye surgeons) in corneal transplantation than any other health care organization 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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YOU CAN HELP TOO

Help us help the blind

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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