Operation Restore Vision (ORV) is a chapter of Operation International (IO) dedicated to restoring vision and preventing blindness in underdeveloped countries. It was founded by Dr Ronald C Gentile under the guidance of Dr. Allam Medhat in 2009. Besides restoring vision to the poor at no cost to the host country, IO-ORV also prides itself on its ability to teach and train local medical professionals to carry on their work.
The IO-ORV team is world-class and comprised of the most highly skilled ophthalmologists, surgeons, clinical researchers, and eye care professionals. The team also includes specialists in anesthesia and expeditionary medicine. IO-ORV goal is to positively impact the lives of impoverished people, including children, in underserved countries, who are suffering from eye conditions that need treatment and/or surgery not available in their country.
IO-ORV is unique in that the team is comprised of all the Ophthalmological surgical sub-specialities, not seen on most eye care teams. This allows the team to provide multi sub-speciality eye surgery to those that would otherwise have no hope for vision restoration. These multi sub-speciality eye surgeries are taught to the local opthalmologist so that they can continue to restore the vision of others suffering from similar eye issues.
Some of the achievements of IO-ORV have included performing the first corneal transplant in Marrakech and helping start the Foundation for Morocco's first eye and tissue bank. In Nepal and India it hosted national ophthalmologist conferences and in Dominican Republic identified a genetic mutation that leads to blindness that with proper screening and surveillance can prevent blindness.