Restoring sight. Providing hope. Changing lives.

Who we are.

Restore Sight is a certified non-profit organization that provides free ophthalmic care to people in need in Central America.
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Who participates

Restore Sight would not be possible without our founder, Dr. Michael Sifri. Since the inception of the program Dr. Sifri has enlisted the help of countless doctors, residents, nurses, and technicians. All of these people donate their time, skills, and love to help bring sight back to the needy.

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what we do

Medical care is not always readily available in these developing countries, so we bring them the care every human deserves. Over the years we have treated cataracts on people of all ages, ptosis, lesions, tumors, and blepharoplasty. These life changing operations have the potential to transform lives.

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Where we go

We believe in returning to the same countries year after year. Over the years we have been able to help thousands of people in El Salvador and Honduras. By revisiting these locations we can offer ongoing treatment to our patients and build meaningful relationships within the communities.

when we go

The missions that Restore Sight sponsors with the Lions Club are completed on a yearly basis, typically around February or March. Preparations for the missions include gathering surgical supplies and monetary donations as well as coordinating with the local government, all of which require 9-12 months to plan.

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About Us

Saving Eyes, Changing Lives
Restore Sight provides free ophthalmic care to people in Central America.

Restore Sight is dedicated to enriching the lives of people in need across the globe with the gift of ophthalmic care. Mission work has been a part of Dr. Michael Sifri's life since 2002, In that time he along with the Lion's Club have had the opportunity to impact over 24,500 people and performed nearly 3,000 surgeries. Seeing the power of this life changing work encouraged Dr. Sifri to start his own nonprofit in 2014, Restore Sight. These surgeries help to give people their lives back. The work that we do benefits the hopeless; the care we offer helps to serve all of humanity. We believe quality medical care is a basic human right, and we strive to treat all patients with the care and dignity they deserve. Restore Sight has developed a long-term commitment to the communities we serve. Our missions have created a lasting impact and have helped to ensure many years of cooperation between the communities, The Lions Club, and Restore Sight. The Missions would not be possible without donations from our generous benefactors and sponsors. The responsibility involved with managing a non-profit has helped us to maximize our impact while minimizing our costs. As a non profit we take our financial accountability very seriously. Each donation has a purpose, and we endeavor to incur minimal costs that are not directly related to the care of our patients. Donations to Restore Sight are recognized as charitable donations under U.S. IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3); speak to your financial planner for more information. Your donations will help our team continue it's important, life-changing, sight restoring work.

MEET THE TEAM

WE ARE STAFFED FULLY OF VOLUNTEERS

DR. MICHAEL SIFRI

FOUNDER
AFTER GOING ON HIS FIRST MEDICAL MISSION IN THE EARLY 2000’S, DR. SIFRI SAW A DESPERATE NEED FOR MEDICAL CARE IN CENTRAL AMERICA. SHORTLY AFTER HE FOUNDED RESTORE SIGHT.

DR. JACQUELINE ISCOA

VOLUNTEER DOCTOR
DR. ISCOA, A HONDURAN NATIVE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH MISSION WORK SINCE SHE WAS 6 YEARS OLD. HER EARLY START AS A TRANSLATOR HAS MADE HELPING OTHERS AND RESTORING SIGHT A LIFE LONG GOAL.

Dr. Eric Purdy

VOLUNTEER DOCTOR
DR. PURDY IS A SURGICAL MISSION VETERAN PARTNERING YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH RESTORE SIGHT. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM ON THE TEAM, HIS EXCELLENCE IN OPTHALMOLOGY MAKES HIM INVALUABLE.

Dr. ryan smith

VOLUNTEER DOCTOR
DR. SMITH AKA DR. AWESOME, HAS BEEN PARTICIPATING ON MISSION TRIPS SINCE HIS RESIDENCY. HE JOINS RESTORE SIGHT AND THE LIONS CLUB ALL THE WAY FROM AUGUSTA, GEORGIA.

dr. hisham arar

VOLUNTEER DOCTOR
DR. ARAR HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING WITH THE LIONS CLUB AND RESTORE SIGHT FOR 2014. FOR HIM VOLUNTEERING IS A FAMILY MATTER, HE IS OFTEN JOINED BY HIS CHILDREN ON THE MISSIONS.

OPHTHO. RESIDENTS

VOLUNTEER RESIDENT
RESTORE SIGHT HAS PARTNERED WITH THE OPHTHALMOLOGY RESIDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI AND THE LION’S CLUB FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS.

LOCAL TRANSLATORS

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
EACH OF OUR TRIPS ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL STUDENTS WHO ACT AS OUR TRANSLATORS. THEY ASSIST DIRECTLY WITH THE PATIENTS AND DOCTORS.

TESTIMONIALS

Our life changing missions would not be possible without donations from people like you.