Randal Avolio was the guest speaker at a recent Vandenberg Village Rotary Club meeting. The president and CEO of SEE International in Santa Barbara discussed eyesight.
SEE International is about restoring sight and transforming lives, he said.
"Our mission provides sustainable medical, surgical and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the objectives of restoring sight and preventing blindness to disadvantaged individuals worldwide."
With over 40 years of service, Avolio cited many of the organization's accomplishments:
- 3.8 million free screenings: SEE has reached millions of people worldwide since 1974, providing free screenings and services to those who otherwise would not have had the finances or the access to quality eye care.
- 460,000 surgeries giving sight: SEE staff and hundreds of volunteer eye surgeons have given sight to thousands of people, transforming the life of the patient, their family and their entire community.
- 80-plus countries worldwide: In many developing countries, blindness is an underlying cause of poverty and hunger. Eye care is largely unavailable, too expensive or unsafe. SEE doctors provide vision care to all.
Patients are treated for cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus and diabetic retinopathy.
Medical supplies and equipment are donated by corporate sponsors, donors and service clubs.
Avolio spends 50 percent of his time fundraising to support this nonprofit organization, which he enjoys doing, he said.
He also showed two You-Tube videos.
For more information about SEE International, visit https://www.seeintl.org/about.