Frequently Asked Questions
What are Restore Sight's Mission and Beliefs?
Restore Sight is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free surgical and medical care to people in need in Central America.
Restore Sight believes in,
- Providing free surgical and medical care to people in need, helping to establish them as functional members of their society
- Providing our volunteers with the rewarding experience of giving back and enriching the lives of people around the world.
- Developing a rapport between doctors and medical staff in varying counties to further all medical knowledge
- Remaining non-profit
- Cultivating locally-based cultural interaction and building long lasting relationships with our patients
Why doesn’t Restore Sight concentrate its efforts among those in need in the United States?
In most cases, the surgical procedures provided by Restore Sight are widely available and paid for through private or government-funded insurance in the United States. At this time, we feel our services are best utilized in countries that do not have access to said procedures and medical advancements. Our focus is to help people that have no options and no hope, by providing this care we are able to change their entire life.
Who's involved in the Restore Sight Medical Mission Team?
Restore Sight’s medical missions are staffed by medical and non-medical volunteers in conjunction with the Lions Club.
The medical team reflects each country’s needs and requests. Members may include surgeons, resident physicians, RNs, and surgical techs.
Non-medical participants have diverse backgrounds and all share a common goal; helping others and restoring sight. They perform many tasks including providing comfort in pre- and post-op areas, assisting with glasses, and packing supplies. Another important component is the local student translators used for each mission. They have the opportunity to observe procedures in the operating room. Non-medical volunteers are also utilized to chronicle the trip through photos, social media posts, and website updates.
What is the donated money used on?
As a non profit we take our financial accountability very seriously. We attempt to maximize our impact with the missions while keeping our costs as low as possible. We aim to incur minimal costs that are not directly related to the care of our patients.