Seva Foundation partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.


Seva works with existing local programs and institutions, providing a range of vision care and blindness prevention procedures. They provide free or low-cost eye exams, glasses, medical treatment and surgery to those who cannot afford to pay the full cost of these procedures. Seva’s revolutionary cataract interventions mean that as little as $50 can fund a cataract surgery for an individual in the developing world.

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Founded in:




Impact Areas: 

Preventable Blindness

Where they work:


Cambodia | India | Nepal | Tibetan Areas of China


Burundi | Egypt | Ethiopia | Congo | Brazzaville | Benin | Madagascar | Malawi | Tanzania



What do they do? 

Seva Foundation focuses on preventing and treating blindness and visual impairment among impoverished communities in the developing world. 


Focus areas


Low cost, high-quality surgeries cure blindness. Over 50% of blindness is caused by cataracts which can be cured by a 15-minute surgery costing as little as $50.

Building capacity

Partnering with local hospitals and institutions to improve infrastructure and increase the volume and quality of eye care services means that people will have access to care long after Seva’s involvement has ended. 


Eye care can change lives immediately. A pair of glasses can bring the world into focus and open the door of opportunity: students can read and learn and adults can work and care for their families.

Medical treatment

Access to the most basic eye care medicine can make a world of difference to people and families. Connecting people in remote communities with the medicine and treatment they need can prevent blindness before it happens.

Why are they recommended? 

Seva Foundation is recommended by The Life You Can Save. 


Cost-effective intervention

It costs as little as US$50 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery, and Seva offers free and deeply discounted procedures to individuals and families who cannot afford the cost of services. During the 1990s, Seva was a key player in helping to launch the Indian-based Aurolab, which manufactures high quality, low-cost intraocular lenses for about $5--compared to roughly $100 to $150 at typical market prices.


Over 35 years, Seva has restored vision to over 35 million people. In the 2013 to 2014 year alone, the organization provided eye care services to one million people--100,000 of whom received sight-restoring surgeries.

Reach to remote communities

Seva establishes vision centers in remote areas, and supports mobile teams of doctors and staff to provide health education, screening, and sight restoration surgeries to individuals unable to travel to established medical facilities.