Operation Restore Vision


Operation Restore Vision (ORV) is a chapter of ISMS, a registered USA not-for-profit organization. Our world-class team is comprised of highly skilled ophthalmologists, surgeons, clinical researchers, and eye care professionals, including specialists in anesthesia and expeditionary medicine. ORV is unique, and is differentiated from other eye care teams by the vast scope of expert care we are able to provide, and our emphasis on leaving a long-lasting benefit through the transfer of skills and knowledge to local care organizations.


It is our mission to restore vision and prevent blindness for those in underdeveloped and poor countries. We also teach and train local medical professionals to carry on our work.


It is our hope to positively impact the lives of those going blind who feel forgotten or have nowhere to turn.


It is our dream to cure blindness while bridging the gap of ethnic, political, and religious differences.

Operation Restore Vision is committed to making life better for individuals whose lives are affected by blindness. We make a positive impact on the lives of poor people, especially children in underdeveloped countries, who are suffering from eye conditions that need immediate treatment and/or surgery.

To fully understand the impact of our work, we have provided some examples below from several outreach projects:

Video: ISMS Team ORV in India

ISMS Operation Restore Vision Team restored visions to tens of poor patients in India.
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ISMS Team ORV fundraiser for mission to India

As the ISMS Operation Restore Vision team prepares for their upcoming mission to Haridwar, India, learn about their history and previous missions.

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Nepal Earthquake Postpones ISMS Restore Vision Expedition 2015

Nepal Earthquake

A statement from Dooley Intermed International/Operation Restore Vision

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Video – ISMS Team ORV – Dominican Republic 2014


ISMS-Operation Restore Vision had a very successful mission to the Dominican Republic in cooperation with the Dooley Intermed International, ILAC, and VHP. A short video documenting a part of ISMS-ORV-DR-2014 mission was shot and produced by Daniel Byers, skyshipfilms.com, with technical help (audio and lighting) by Justin S Gentile and photography by Ivanhoe A. Gadpaille, ivanhoecameraman.com. Click below to watch. Read More

ISMS Team ORV – Dominican Republic – 2014

Our mission was a complete success. All sixteen team members, including our honorary members from Lions International, were incredible.


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Video – Team ORV in Nepal – Gift of Sight

A short documentary about the ISMS Operation Restore Vision’s mission to Nepal – named “Gift of Sight”. Click below to watch.

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ISMS ORV ‘Gift of Sight’ Mission to Nepal – May 2013

ORV is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Gift of Sight Expedition to Nepal.

Click here for a brief description of the project from Dr. Ronald Gentile (Audio)

Follow the Gift of Sight mission:

G.O.S. May 15 We’re Off!

After months of scrambling, untold emails flying back and forth between Stamford and Kathmandu, and calls to opthalmic manufacturers for diagnostic equipment, three members of the Gift of Sight crew can finally relax tonight as they depart JFK for Nepal.

It was touch and go there for some team members who had to arrange to place their private lives on hold for two weeks – in one case a family emergency two days before departure that resolved itself at the last minute – for the good of this important mission.

We carry with us vitamins for the monks, Sherpa Adventure Gear for the entire crew, and a DeLorme two-way satellite communicator that will permit live texting from the field. Our Keeler retinoscopy rack and  indirect opthalmoscope are safely swaddled in expedition leader Scott Hamilton’s carry-on.

First stop is Doha, Qatar, for an overnight stay on Thursday, then a four-hour flight Friday morning to Kathmandu. Our accommodations in Kat are at the legendary Yak & Yeti Hotel. We’ve been warned to avoid the tap water lest we board the Lomotil express for a wild ride on the porcelain pony. More on that later, I’m afraid.

On the reading list for tonight is “I’ll Call You in Nepal” by Bernadette McDonald … about the renowned Kathmandu journalist Elizabeth Hawley who has chronicled Everest expeditions for decades.

The mission begins.

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ISMS ORV Nepal 2011

Our mission to Nepal in 2011 was at the Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. Our team performed sight-saving surgery and other treatments on over a hundred needy individuals with conditions ranging from congenital glaucoma and cataracts to macular degeneration and retinal detachments. We not only provided free care to the poor, we also conducted a National Ophthalmology Conference for Nepali Ophthalmologists, met with the Minister of Science and Technology, and helped the technical staff at the hospital improve their ophthalmic imaging techniques.

At the closing ceremony, the Administrator, Chief Ophthalmologist and Director of the Himalaya Eye Hospital, along with dozens of local eye care professionals, praised the work of Operation Restore Vision, and pledged to continue to advance their institution and our mission to restore vision, cure blindness and reach out to those in need. Our supporters are a vital part of our ISMS-Operation Restore Vision Team, and have enabled these missions to restore vision, prevent blindness, and repair deformities in patients in underdeveloped countries.
Every member of our Operation Restore Vision team strives to positively impact the lives of those going blind, who feel forgotten, or have nowhere to turn. It is our dream to prevent and cure blindness while bridging the gap of ethnic, political, and religious differences.


ISMS ORV – Morocco 2009

Photo by CHRISTOPHER TENG - Daily News

Photo by CHRISTOPHER TENG – Daily News

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