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:
- Uttrarakhand, India, February 2017
- Nepal, 2015 – postponed to fall of 2017 due to Earthquake
- Dominican Republic 2014
- Kingdom of Mustang 2013
- Pokhara Nepal 2011
- Morocco 2009
A statement from Dooley Intermed International/Operation Restore Vision
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
Our mission was a complete success. All sixteen team members, including our honorary members from Lions International, were incredible.
A short documentary about the ISMS Operation Restore Vision’s mission to Nepal – named “Gift of Sight”. Click below to watch.
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.