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Who we are

Vision Care is an international relief organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness through our global projects and initiatives.
Vision Care is a registered organization under the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an affiliate of the World Health Organization (WHO).
We works for the benefit of all people throughout the world
who are suffering from vision problems, regardless of their race, color, creed, national origin or religion.
Mission
As God commands us to love our neighbors, and serve them with His love and compassion, we go everywhere in the world to help
those who are suffering, especially from vision disabilities, so that they will be able to see with healthy eyes, minds, and souls.
Vision
We aim to let the world know that although vision problems can be recovered by proper prevention and timely treatment, there are many people losing vision daily due to poor living conditions. We help patients get regular treatment at short-term eye camps and long-term base clinics by having doctors, missionaries, volunteers, and sponsors work together.
Founder
Dr. DongHae Kim is the Founder and President of Vision Care, an international relief organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness and first established in South Korea in 2002. Vision Care initially began as a one-time surgical missions trip to Pakistan comprising of a volunteer medical team from Myung Dong St. Mary's Eye Center in Seoul, where Dr. Kim is also Founder and President.

Vision Care Core values

1. Volunteer (Who)
  1. Time, Talent and Treasure
  2. Not one-time giving but regular giving
  3. Long-term vision to achieve self sustainable local communities
  4. Handover to local doctors after training
3. Specialization (What)
  1. Preparation and research
  2. Excellence in Ophthalmology
  3. Strengthening Patient care, education, public health, and policymaking
2. Local oriented (Where)
  1. Focusing support based on medical and missions needs
  2. Following local customs regulations and culture
  3. Working together with local doctors and nurses
  4. Strengthening local resources
4. Collaboration (How)
  1. Doctors and Hospitals
  2. Governments and NGOs
  3. Missions organizations

Our History

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Apr. 2016 Vision Care USA HQ Launched in NYC
Nov. 2015 200th Eye Camp in Uganda
Nov. 2013 Awarded <2013 Asan Award for medical volunteerism>

Why we do

By IAPB report
According to WHO’s report in 2011, there are 285 million people who suffer from visual impairment, and every 5 seconds a person goes blind. 80% of these visual impairments are avoidable,
And 90% of those who are visually impaired live in developing countries, where they are not medically treated due to financial reasons, lack of medical facilities, ignorance, etc.
The three main causes of visual impairment (restricted visual function by damaged visuometer) are disorder of refraction and accommodation, cataract, and glaucoma. The reasons for blindness (status where sight is already lost) are cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
In the case of disorder of refraction and accommodation, which is the second leading cause of visual impairment, for about $10, an individual can have prescribed glasses at an appropriate time, to prevent permanent low vision through proper visual correction.

Global movement for eye health

Vision Care is a registered organization under the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an umbrella organization created to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities, and is working on the “Vision 2020” Campaign, a global initiative coordinated by the IAPB.
World Sight Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of October. This day is an important advocacy and communications opportunity for the eye health community.

What we do

  • 1. Vision
    Eye Camp
  • 2. Vision
    Glasses Sharing
  • 3. Vision
    Training
  • 4. Vision
    Hospital
  • 5. Vision
    Network
Vision Eye Camp
Provides ophthalmic treatment and surgical services, giving the chance of immediate vision recovery to those living in countries with underdeveloped medical infrastructures.
Vision Glass Sharing
Poor vision is the result of uncorrected refractive errors such as myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Refractive errors are the second leading cause of visual impairments globally. The donation of glasses would provide those living with visual impairments caused by refractive errors a second chance.
Vision Training
Vision Care provides ophthalmic training. We perform outpatient surgeries with local ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, and opticians during Eye Camp, in order to enhance the capabilities of local medical teams.  We also provide regular training courses for them such as Phacoemulsification Training Course (PTC), Surgical Ophthalmic Nurse Training Course (SONTC), and Ophthalmic Technician Training Course (OTTC).
Vision Hospital
Vision Care supports ophthalmic hospitals in developing countries in order to improve the skills of local ophthalmologists and quality of ophthalmic services. The organization also supports the sustainable implementation of blindness prevention projects.
Vision Network
Vision Care cooperates with Korean society and local government organizations for our projects. Eye doctors we meet at our Eye Camps fly to Korea to provide an update on their patients and to learn from other doctors at our Vision Care Ophthalmologist Meetings.
Cooperation projects with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
- Project for Blindness Prevention in Uganda by Enhancing Ophthalmic Medical Service
- Project for Blindness Prevention in Ethiopia by Enhancing Ophthalmic Medical Service

About Vision Eye Camp

Vision Eye Camp is the short-term medical trip abroad to treat eye diseases,
especially *cataract. During Eye Camp, our Vision Care team screens patients,
provides diagnosis, and operates on those who need surgery. One Eye Camp provides
approximately 80~100 cataract surgeries.

Key performance results

  • Eye Camps : 205
  • Countries : 205
  • Outpatients : 120,831
  • Operations : 17,245
  • Glasses : 31,648
  • Volunteers : 3,308
  • Participated ophthalmologists : 189
By Dec. 2015

Vision Eye Camp Story

2016 Eye Camp Schedule

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CAMP_NO DATE COUNTRY
205 2/06~13 Pakistan
206 3/17~22 Cambodia
207 4/16~23 Ethiopia
208 4/17~23 Vietnam
CAMP_NO DATE COUNTRY
209 4/17~22 Mauritania
210 4/24~30 Morocco
211 4/24~30 Uzbekistan
212 5/15~21 Sri Lanka
* Above schedule subject to change.

Where we are

Vision Care HQ in Korea: Founder/President DongHae Kim l 702, UNESCO House, Myungdong RD 26, Junggu, Seoul, South Korea

Vision Care USA HQ: Executive Director Amy Ahn l P.O. Box 237162, New York, NY 10023

Vision Care Branch offices

Donate

Together let’s build a brighter world
One. Donate
$10.00/month for one year helps one person see again through cataract surgery.
Two. Participate
Anyone can serve as a volunteer : Medical volunteers (ophthalmologist, nurse, optometrist) Non-medical volunteers (photography, design, translation and administrative services, etc.)
Three. Provide Medical Supplies
Vision Care receives and welcomes ophthalmic equipment and supply donations for our
Eye Camps.

Contact Us

  1. Tel. (212) 769-3056 / E-mail. info@vcs2020.org / Address. P.O. Box 237162, New York, NY 10023

Vision Care USA HQ, P.O. Box 237162, New York, NY 10023, USA
Tel. (212) 769-3056 / E-mail. info@vcs2020.org
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