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Volunteer Opportunities For Ophthalmology Residents

Opportunities For Ophthalmology Residents and Ophthalmologists-in-Training

Ophthalmology residents do not qualify as Unite For Sight volunteer ophthalmologists since they are not fully trained or Board-certified. However, we have many ophthalmology residents who participate as standard Global Impact Fellows and pursue the Unite For Sight programs in order to learn about community eye health and gain exposure to providing eye care to patients living in extreme poverty. Ophthalmology residents have an opportunity in Bihar and in Chennai, India, to receive surgical training in SICS and Phaco by the local eye clinics' ophthalmologists. Residents also work with local eye doctors in Bihar and Chennai to provide on-site exams, diagnosis, medication, and eyeglasses for patients in villages. Ophthalmology residents may also participate in the Ghana programs, where they work in the rural villages with local eye doctors to provide diagnosis and treatment. Surgical training programs are not provided by Unite For Sight's Ghana eye clinic partners, and ophthalmology residents are therefore only able to perform surgery on patients through the established surgical training programs in Bihar, India, or in Chennai, India.

Available Program Dates and Locations

Ophthalmology residents may find complete details about available dates and locations at

Steps To Participate

All prospective volunteers are required to submit the online application. A decision on your application will be made within 3 days of receipt of your application and letters of recommendation. Accepted volunteers receive Unite For Sight's easy-to-use personal login page so that they can keep track of their pre-service progress and access all relevant program-specific details and materials, program manuals, phone numbers, and important links.