Restore Sight in Zihuatanejo, Mexico



Visiting ophthalmologist works with host ophthalmologist performing sight restoring surgery. Approximately 900 screenings and 150 surgeries to be completed. YAG laser placed at site for ongoing care.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Medical care and supplies are scarce in remote areas of Mexico and poverty prevents many individuals from receiving adequate eye care. It is estimated that half the blindness in this area is due to cataracts or other easily treatable conditions. In response to this problem, SEE International has established a successful collaboration with Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, an organization with the shared goal of restoring eyesight to the people of Mexico.

How will this project solve this problem?

The expedition will provide vision screenings for up to 900 people and sight restoring eye surgery for approximately 150 individuals. In addition, a YAG laser will be placed at the site permanently to provide ongoing site restoring procedures.

Potential Long Term Impact

The sight restoring eye surgeries free the blind person and all of the caregivers responsible for their care. The daughter can return to school, the husband can return to work. The permanent placement of the YAG laser will help thousands.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,006

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $6,006 .  The original project funding goal was $33,400.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Tim Durnin

Chief Operating Officer
Santa Barbara, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Restore Sight in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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