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 925+ volunteers have provided over 48,450 patients in 5 countries 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 8,528 SERVED IN 2019 (see 2019 Year End Letter)
Our team of 30 volunteers served in the beautiful community of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico for 4 days of clinic from April 29 to May 2, 2019. We served, free of cost, 3,113 in the community providing health screening, complete eye exams, prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses. The value of goods and services is over US$480,797 delivered, with US$74.90 in value for every project dollar spent. Our total overhead is 1.4% for goods and services delivered. For more details, please see our Todos Santos 2019 Mission Report.
In partnership with Great Shape! Inc., Sight is a Right supported iCARE Antigua 2019. We served 2,126 patients during 4.5 days – providing health screening, full eye exams, reading glasses, sunglasses, and over 320 custom, prescription glasses. The value of goods and services is estimated at over US$347,087. For more details, please see our iCARE 2019 Antigua Report.
In partnership with Great Shape! Inc. we served 3,289 Jamaican patients in Mt. Carey, St. James and Ocho Rios, St. Ann 8 days of clinic – providing health screening, full eye exams, 1,390 reading glasses, 3,292 sunglasses, and 31,475 prescription glasses. We also performed 41 cataract surgeries, 22 MIG surgeries (for glaucoma), 291 SLT laser surgeries (for glaucoma), and 42 PRP laser surgeries (for diabetic retinopathy). The value of goods and services delivered is estimated at over US$1.89 million. Big up to our two amazing teams of volunteers. For more details, please see our iCARE 2019 Jamaica Report.
OVER 10,865 SERVED IN 2018!
Our team of 27 served March 2018 in Zorritos – Tumbes, Peru where we provided 1,992 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.
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 the Jamaican communities of Steer Town – St. Ann, Falmouth – Trelawny, and Little London – Westmoreland. 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 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 harness our resources to serve as many people in need as possible, and to ultimately create sustainable clinics that provide healthcare for underserved communities staffed predominately with local providers.