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Operation Restore Sight

The eye care professionals of Operation Restore Sight are pleased to announce their new affiliation with Dooley Intermed International. This world-class team of eye surgeons and related professionals was formed by Dr. Ronald C. Gentile in 2009.  Comprised primarily of ophthalmologists who have worked or trained at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, among the top eye hospitals in the USA, Operation Restore Sight team members have worked cooperatively with Dooley Intermed on a multi-year series of outreach eye projects and instructional symposiums.

The Goal of Operation Restore Sight:

- Restore sight and prevent blindness in areas of need throughout the world.

- Provide sight-restoring surgical training to eye care professionals in the USA and abroad.

- Research and develop new methods to treat blindness and restore sight.

The Hope of Operation Restore Sight:

Substantially improve the lives of individuals who are visually impaired or going blind, especially those without access to quality eye care who have nowhere else to turn.

The Dream of Operation Restore Sight:

Provide state-of-the-art eye care and ophthalmic training worldwide at no cost to the patient or host country.

Operation Restore Sight team members:

Ronald C. Gentile, MD- Vitreoretinal Specialist, Director, Eye Trauma (Posterior Segment Trauma), New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

John M. Aljian, MD, Cornea Specialist, Director, Eye Trauma (Anterior Segment Trauma), New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY

Christopher C. W. Teng, MD, Glaucoma Specialist, Director of Glaucoma, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Sanjay R. Kedhar, MD, Uveitis Specialist, Director of Uveitis, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA

Omar K. Ozgur, MD, Oculoplastics Specialist, Advanced Eye Medical Group, Mission Viejo, CA

Helena Hurairah, MBBS FRCOphth (UK) Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Cataract surgery, Brunei

Scott W. Hamilton, COT, Ophthalmic Technician, President of Dooley Intermed International

Nelson Co, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY

OUTREACH EYE MISSIONS

 Operation Restore Sight team members and Dooley Intermed “Gift of Sight” missions                                                                                  

2018 Gumghadi Nepal, Eye Mission to Nepal’s most remote district

Operation Restore Sight team members, working closely with Dooley Intermed International organized an expedition focused on providing urgently needed ophthalmic care to villagers in an extremely remote and impoverished region near Rara Lake in the Mugu District, known for being the most remote region in Nepal, and among the least developed. The Operation Restore Sight surgical team members traveled by bush plane to a small airstrip at 9,000’ then by 4WD and by foot the team along a mountain trail to Gumghadi Village for the multi-day “eye camp” providing comprehensive eye examinations, refractions, eye glasses, medical care and sight-restoring surgeries.

Patients Screened: 931           Surgeries: 87               Doctors Receiving Training: 2

2017 Haridwar, Uttarakhand District - Northern India Ophthalmology Conference

This was a cooperative project with the Hans Foundation Eye Care facility located in Haridwar, India and members of the Operation Restore Sight* team. All patients were provided care completely without any cost to them. In addition to providing specialized surgical care to patients in need, our team co-hosted the Northern India Ophthalmology Conference. This was a “knowledge exchange” symposium providing lectures on relevant ophthalmological topics followed by several days of advanced surgical instruction and demonstrations.  Surgical sessions were broadcast to visiting specialists including live video and 2-way audio communications allowing for continuous description and Q&A throughout each procedure.

Patients Screened: 1000+       Surgeries: 23 (primarily complex procedures including retinal and glaucoma surgeries, multi-specialty, and cornea transplants) Ophthalmologists trained: 20+

2016 Upper Gorkha, Nepal, at the epicenter of the massive 2015 Nepal earthquake.

This was an ambitious outreach project originally scheduled for 2015, but postponed until 2016 due to inaccessibility. Because there are no roads, our team traveled for a full day by 4WD vehicle from Kathmandu followed by 2 days traveling on foot along mountain trails to reach Machhakhola Village.  By necessity, all of our ophthalmic equipment and supplies had to be transported by mule caravan. The Operation Restore Sight* team members conducted screening camps enroute, followed by a 4-day surgical eye camp.

Patients Screened: 803           Surgeries 71                Doctors Receiving Training: 2

2015 Nepal Earthquake Epicenter, Arkhet Village

The Gorkha District of Nepal lies at the epicenter of the massive earthquake, and suffered enormous damage. During the 3rd week of December Dooley Intermed, organized and conducted a cooperative Eye & Vision Project directly in the earthquake epicenter region in cooperation with Himalaya Eye Hospital. The multi-day eye camp provided comprehensive vision care to local villagers, including many school age children. All services were provided completely for free including eye examinations, refractions, ophthalmic medicines, eyeglasses, and cataract surgeries performed by highly qualified ophthalmic surgeons.

Patients Screened: 893           Surgeries 70

2014 Dominican Republic –  Santiago de Los Caballos, Ophthalmic Outreach Project

Operation Restore Sight* team members traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide free-of-cost care for 5 full days to all in need at the local ILAC facility. A large number of diabetic laser procedures were performed, along with other ophthalmic care, refractions, and basic surgeries including pterygium removals.  Complex surgeries were performed at a local private surgical center due to the need for specialized equipment. Consultations were also conducted with the local hospital and medical school.

Operation Restore Sight* team members also discovered a previously unreported eye disease on the border of Haiti by using genetic analysis to identify a COL2A1 mutation causing “Autosomal Dominant Vitreoretinopathy of the Dajabòn”.  

Patients Screened: 850+         Surgeries: est. 85

2013 Lower Mustang –  Expeditionary eye project to remote villages in the Himalayas.

“Lower” is a relative term as the average elevation was over 9,000’. Our team hosted screening camps, followed by a multi-day surgical camp in Marpha Village, with members of the Operation Restore Sight* team of surgeons working with a portable microscope in a makeshift field operating room. Our patients arrived on foot and horseback.

Patients Screened: 617           Surgeries: 38               Doctors Receiving Training: 3

2011    “Forbidden Kingdom” of Upper Mustang, on the Border of Tibet,

This was a multi- week outreach expedition providing eye care in multiple remote villages on the Tibetan Plateau.  The expedition team conducted free eye camps in a number of extremely remote villages.  Due to lack of roads all equipment was transported using 33 ponies along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and then across two 13,000’ passes in the Himalayas, with 28 volunteer Buddhist monks serving as assistants and interpreters.

Patients Screened: 1,557        Surgeries: 97

2011 Nepal National Ophthalmology Seminar with Himalaya Eye Institute, Pokhara Nepal. The Operation Restore Sight* team members provided the Seminar funding including transportation and accommodations for Ophthalmologists from all 26 Districts of Nepal for a 3-day Ophthalmology Seminar in Pokhara, Nepal. Operation Restore Sight team members conducted an instructional program included complex surgeries beyond the capability of the local care providers, multiple surgical demonstrations and side-by-side advanced training by our USA specialists in cornea, retina, glaucoma, and uveitis.

Patients Screened: 915           Surgeries: 24                Doctors Receiving Training: 90

2010   Tibetan Refugee and local Nepali Eye Camp, Pokhara, Nepal

Providing eye screenings, treatment, eyeglasses and surgeries to everyone in need during a 4-day free-of-cost Eye Camp, including local Tibetan Refugee Camps, local schools, old age homes, and local citizens who otherwise could not afford eye care.  Free eyeglasses, medicines and surgeries were provided to everyone.

Patients screened: 550           Surgeries: 28

2009   Morocco, North Africa

Operation Restore Sight* team members performed the first corneal transplants in Marrakesh, Morocco, North Africa, restoring vision on several patients, and in the process opened the doors for the establishment of the first eye bank in Morocco for future corneal transplants. Operation Restore Sight* team members also performed urgently needed eye surgery on a 6-month old girl with congenital glaucoma, who without surgery, would have lived a life of total darkness and also reattached the retina of a 45-year father of four, who was able to return to work and support his family. Team members also repaired a burn contracture on a teenage girl who was spared from a life of servitude due to her disfigurement.

*Operation Restore Sight [ORS] was formed in 2018, and is now working in affiliation with Dooley Intermed International, one of the USA’s oldest continually operating not-for-profit organizations. Previously the team members were affiliated with another non-profit organization, Operation International [OI], and the team was known as Operation Restore Vision. Several of the projects listed above were performed by the current Operation Restore Sight team members while affiliated with the prior organization. In order to expand the scope of humanitarian operations and enhance their ability to bring high-quality eye care to people around the world the team leadership ended its relationship with OI in 2018 and formed Operation Restore Sight, now working cooperatively with Dooley Intermed International.

Intermed International, Inc. is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization and is a registered Exempt Organization with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  Intermed International is accredited by the Committee of Volunteer Foreign Aid of the Agency for International Development of the U.S. State Department.