Required Donation Instructions for Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

Volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists apply their skills and training to provide eye care to patients alongside the local eye doctors. Optometrists share knowledge and skills with local optometrists and ophthalmic nurses, while ophthalmologists provide surgical training and skills transfer to local ophthalmologists.

Qualifying as an optometrist or ophthalmologist volunteer requires that the participant be a fully licensed, fully trained and practicing optometrist or ophthalmologist. Ophthalmology residents, for example, are not fully trained nor fully licensed and therefore qualify as a standard volunteer. 

Optometrists and ophthalmologists have two options for the required $600 donation:

100% of the donation provides sight-restoring surgeries for patients living in extreme poverty, and the amount is tax deductible to the full extent provided by U.S. law.