Our Challenge

The goal of VI is to reduce the burden of corneal blindness in the developing world. This goal is accomplished through a multifaceted approach, which assesses and then addresses the obstacles that limit the ability of the corneal surgeons in each locale to successfully treat corneal blindness. Common obstacles faced in the developing world include:

  1. Inadequate supply of donor corneal tissue for transplantation
  2. Inadequate number of corneal surgeons trained to perform corneal transplantation
  3. Corneal surgeons lack the training needed to perform newer forms of corneal transplantation
  4. Corneal surgeons lack the resources (equipment, supplies, etc) needed to perform corneal transplantation

Patient Profiles

Do Thi Lien

Do Thi Lien

Lien is a 55 year old woman who lives in Thanh Hoa, located 180 kilometers from Hanoi. When she was only 16 years old, she suffered a severe thermal injury to both eyes caused by boiling water. After the injury, her vision became significantly impaired due to scarring and vascularization of both corneas. In spite of seeing many ophthalmologists, each told her that she was not a candidate for a corneal transplant due to the severe nature of the thermal injury that each eye sustained. In spite of being told for years that nothing could be done to restore her vision, she remained optimistic that one day she could see again. Read Do Thi Lien's full story.

Recent Programs

March 8-11, 2016
Aravind Eye Institute
Madurai, India

Aravind Eye Institute,<br />
Madurai, India

Dr. Aldave participated in a surgery skills transfer course focused on full thickness corneal transplantation (penetrating keratoplasty; PK) at the Aravind Eye Institute in Madurai, India organized by SightLife Eye Bank. The four-day course consisted of lectures, live surgical demonstration of PK surgery by Dr. Aldave and Dr. James Lehman, a wet lab session and proctored PK surgeries performed by corneal surgeons from the state of Tamil Nadu.

November 30 - December 3, 2015
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute
Hyderabad, India

L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Aldave participated in a surgery skills transfer course focused on partial thickness corneal transplantation (Descemet striping endothelial keratoplasty; DSEK) at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India organized by SightLife eye bank. The four day course consisted of lectures, live surgical demonstration of DSEK surgery by Dr. Aldave and Dr. Sathish Srinivasan, a wet lab session and proctored DSEK surgeries performed by corneal surgeons from Hyderabad and other cities from around India.

October 26-28, 2015
Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology
Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology

Dr. Aldave conducted a corneal transplant surgery skills transfer course at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. The three day course included lectures and proctored partial thickness corneal transplant (Descemet striping endothelial keratoplasty; DSEK) and artificial corneal transplant (Boston keratoprosthesis) surgeries performed by the Institute’s corneal surgeons.

About Us

We are a non-profit humanitarian organization, supported entirely through personal donations and sponsorships. The team at Visionaries International is comprised only of volunteers - there are no paid salaries. Our medical staff and volunteers donate their time and expertise to travel around the globe, providing quality education to fellow ophthalmologists.

Surgeon Profile

Dr. Hardik Parikh

Dr. Hardik Parikh

Dr. Hardik Parikh participated in the Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) Skills Transfer Course organized by Visionaries International and conducted at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India in July 2013. Read Dr. Parikh's full story.

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