Steven Stern began volunteering in Jamaica in 2005 with the Great Shape! Inc. dental team 1000 Smiles program. People would constantly ask him if he could help them with their eye problems. On one of these occasions, he gave a woman a pair of reading glasses when she told him her vision was getting blurrier as she aged, and she could no longer read. She put on the glasses, looked at her bible, and burst into tears as she was able to read for the first time in 10 years. This incredible transformation of her life from a simple gift of reading glasses moved him deeply. Upon his return he created a program called iCARE in 2009. Since that time 720+ volunteers have provided over 39,865 patients with free eye care – including glasses, nursing services, cataract, SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for glaucoma), and PRP (Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy) surgeries. Sight is a Right was created to expand our outreach throughout the year and the world.
OVER 10,865 SERVED IN 2018!
In partnership with Great Shape! Inc., Sight is a Right served on iCARE 2018 projects conducting missions in July/August 2018 in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, and in October/November 2018 in Steer Town, Jamaica and Little London, Jamaica. We served over 8,873 patients during 13.5 days – providing health screening, full eye exams, cataract surgery, SLT glaucoma surgery, PRP diabetic retinopathy surgery, reading glasses, sunglasses, and prescription glasses. The value of goods and services is estimated at over US$2.12 million. For more details, please see our iCARE 2018 Final Report.
Our team of 27 served March 2018 in Zorritos – Tumbes, Peru where we provided 1992 patients in just 4 days with health screening, full eye exams, reading glasses, sunglasses, and prescription glasses. The value of goods and services is over US$528,469 delivered, with US$8.72 value for every project dollar spent, and only 3% total overhead for goods and services delivered. For more details please see our Peru 2018 Mission Report.
Our Mission Statement
Providing free healthcare services to underserved communities throughout the world – with a focus on eye care.
We believe that healthcare is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone regardless of their economic circumstances. We identify underserved communities throughout the world and provide them with free healthcare services, with the primary focus of eye care.
To create sustainable clinics that provide healthcare for underserved communities staffed predominately with local providers.