RESTORING SIGHT INTERNATIONAL

dedicated to the prevention of blindness 
in economically disadvantaged communities 

because we believe that
NO PERSON SHOULD BE NEEDLESSLY BLIND
Support Our Mission
Give the Gift of Sight!
RESTORING SIGHT INTERNATIONAL

dedicated to the prevention of blindness 
in economically disadvantaged communities 

because we believe that
NO PERSON SHOULD BE NEEDLESSLY BLIND
Support Our Mission
Give the Gift of Sight!

Who we are

A Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1996 by Dr. Felipe I.Tolentino, renowned ophthalmic surgeon and retired Harvard Medical School Associate Clinical Professor, on the encouragement of patients and friends to deliver much-needed quality eye care to underserved communities in the US and around the world; currently chaired by Dr. Roland E. Houle, Harvard Medical School Clinical Instructor Emeritus.
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Why eye care?

BECAUSE...

...blindness is the most feared disability
...75% of world blindness is preventable
...every minute, a child goes blind
...eyes are our windows to the world
   and blindness greatly diminishes
   our ability to function as full human beings
...WE CARE!

What we do / What we've done

 

SAVE THE CHILDREN!
Every minute a child goes blind! A special focus on CHILDREN: because they are our future. Of the 150,000 patients treated by RSI doctors and fellows, about 1500 were pediatric cases, among which was a baby (shown on top left above) born with cataracts in both eyes. Schoolchildren are screened for possible eye disorders such as strabismus, and whoever needs corrective eyeglasses them. Pediatric ophthalmic wards are established in local hospitals wherever there is an opportunity to do so.
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SAVE THE CHILDREN!
Every minute a child goes blind! A special focus on CHILDREN: because they are our future. Of the 150,000 patients treated by RSI doctors and fellows, about 1500 were pediatric cases, among which was a baby (shown on top left above) born with cataracts in both eyes. Schoolchildren are screened for possible eye disorders such as strabismus, and whoever needs corrective eyeglasses them. Pediatric ophthalmic wards are established in local hospitals wherever there is an opportunity to do so.
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MEDICAL MISSIONS
Special focus: the Philippines where 60% of the people live in poverty, with no access to eye care. Seventy-five percent of world blindness is preventable and RSI is doing its bit to reduce it. The facts to date: More than 40 medical missions in cooperation with Philippine partner organizations have resulted in 150,000 treatments, more than 10,000 eye surgeries, and the establishment of a fully functional ambulatory eye center serving the country's northern indigenous tribes.
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MEDICAL MISSIONS
Special focus: the Philippines where 60% of the people live in poverty, with no access to eye care. Seventy-five percent of world blindness is preventable and RSI is doing its bit to reduce it. The facts to date: More than 40 medical missions in cooperation with Philippine partner organizations have resulted in 150,000 treatments, more than 10,000 eye surgeries, and the establishment of a fully functional ambulatory eye center serving the country's northern indigenous tribes.
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EDUCATION & TRAINING
Ensuring program sustainability through education and training. RSI's two-pronged approach to education and training covers both the general and specialty areas of eye care. Technicians local to the areas served are trained in vision screening and the general aspects of eye care. Internationally, RSI sponsors fellowships in ophthalmology for the advanced training of young medical doctors from all over the world at Harvard-associated institutions, with the assurance that the newly-minted specialists shall apply their skills to making quality eye care accessible to the needy populations in their home countries.
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EDUCATION & TRAINING
Ensuring program sustainability through education and training. RSI's two-pronged approach to education and training covers both the general and specialty areas of eye care. Technicians local to the areas served are trained in vision screening and the general aspects of eye care. Internationally, RSI sponsors fellowships in ophthalmology for the advanced training of young medical doctors from all over the world at Harvard-associated institutions, with the assurance that the newly-minted specialists shall apply their skills to making quality eye care accessible to the needy populations in their home countries.
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Where we work


Home base: Greater Boston, Massachusetts where community
outreach projects and advanced ophthalmological training
of RSI international fellows take place  

Site of more than 40 medical missions to date: Philippines
where 60% of the population live in abject poverty  

Home countries of recipients of RSI international fellowships
to date: Brazil, Chile, Israel, Philippines

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