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We are a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting eye care solutions by training, equipping, and supplying Haitian ophthalmologist for a better future for all Haitian.

Our Beliefs

FOCUS is dedicated to promoting eye care solutions in Haiti. This is not only through direct patient care, but more importantly by training, equipping, and supplying Haitian ophthalmologists and those in training the tools and support they need to successfully deliver high quality eye care to the people of Haiti.  Central to our mission is the idea that progress is best made through coordination of various eye care organizations and individuals in a way that leverages the strengths of each through effective communication and coordination of activities with our Haitian colleagues.   We strongly believe that the best place to train Haitian ophthalmologists is in Haiti and is a superior method of training than having them do visiting observerships in the US.  Economic, cultural, and institutional barriers are best overcome with building personal relationships. While FOCUS works primarily in Haiti, we also work with educational eye care programs in other countries as the need arises.

There is a tremendous need for eye care in Haiti since it has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world and a very low number of providers.  Training of local doctors is extremely limited by lack of money, equipment and supplies.  Severe institutional weakness at all levels in Haiti is pervasive and hampers efforts of both non-government organizations (NGOs) and individuals wanting to help.  Simply put, many organizations involved in eye care in the developing world struggle to find financially strong and functional Haitian institutional counterparts to work with.  Even willing NGOs can not effectively deploy assets easily.  New solutions to old problems are needed. 



  • Some of the Kids That We Met in Haiti
    On our most recent trip to Haiti we had the good fortune to have along a Jay Farbman, a professional photographer. Jay arrived before the surgery team and was able to visit the homes of some of the children that needed cataract surgery. The surgical team consisted of: myself, Matt Thompson, an ophthalmologist out ofContinue reading “Some of the Kids That We Met in Haiti”
  • One Child’s Story
    “The last day at the clinic, a mother arrived with an 8-month-old baby. The baby seemed to be healthy, but had bilateral cataracts. (Both eyes) The team was not planning to work on young babies. In fact, they had agreed not to operate on anyone younger than 2-years-old… Unfortunately, the reality of the situation inContinue reading “One Child’s Story”
  • February 2020 Trip
    Originally I was planning on making a series of blog posts leading up to this trip. Last year there were some obstacles that got in the way of treating the children that we met with cataracts. I posted about my frustration with this last year. I suppose I have been so worried that something wouldContinue reading “February 2020 Trip”

With the aim of helping as many children as possible, we often lack resources. Your donation will have a lifelong impact on a child’s life.

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