Operation Eyesight Universal

Suite 200 - 4 Parkdale Crescent NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3T8
President & CEO: Aly Bandali
Board Chair: John Masters

Charitable Reg. #:11906 8955 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 75 cents are available for programs.

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About Operation Eyesight Universal:

Founded in 1963, Operation Eyesight Universal (Operation Eyesight) is an international development organization that works to prevent blindness and restore sight, with the vision of eliminating avoidable blindness. Operation Eyesight works in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Zambia, Nepal, and India, and is expanding to Maldives, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka. The charity reports that 253 million people worldwide are blind or visually impaired and 89 per cent of these people live in developing countries. People who live in India, Africa, and South America are five to ten times more likely to go blind than those living in developed countries.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Impact Charity

Operation Eyesight’s services begin with training local health workers to assist in their communities. Operation Eyesight’s programs provide eye health training for community health workers (CHWs) who are already employed by the local health system. They undergo a training program spread over 10 to 20 days, wherein an ophthalmologist and optometrist provide training on the anatomy of the eye, measuring visual assessment, and identifying cataract and other eye diseases. In F2019, 1,037 people were trained to provide eye health care.

After CHWs have been trained, they conduct door-to-door surveys in a designated cluster of villages for two to five months and subsequently develop an action plan to meet the specific needs of the community. After this is completed, an ophthalmologist from the nearest hospital screens people in the villages and examines patients requiring medical or surgical attention. The charity screened 3,089,298 people for eye conditions in F2019.

Following the screenings, CHWs refer all patients requiring follow-up care to outreach camps, a vision centre, or the closest hospital for treatment and surgery. Vision centres are established by Operation Eyesight to provide care within communities; it established 28 vision centres in F2019 and runs a total of 143. The charity performed 265,718 eye surgeries in F2019 and dispensed 308,147 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. Surgery is done free of cost for patients who cannot afford to pay.

54% of people the charity reached in 2019 were women and girls, and 62% of people who received surgery for late-stage trachoma were women.

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Results and Impact

Operation Eyesight Universal declared 159 villages in India and Nepal as avoidable blindness-free in F2019. This is defined as everyone in a village being treated for curable eye conditions and being able to see a minimum distance of six meters with their better eye. It screened 36,214 people in these villages and gave them resources to ensure their families would not suffer from avoidable blindness.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Operation Eyesight Universal’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has rated Operation Eyesight as High impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar. 

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 10 Impact Charity


Impact Rating: High

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Operation Eyesight Universal is a Large charity, with total donations of $5.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Operation Eyesight has funding reserves of $6.0m. This can cover 1.6 years of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Operation Eyesight Universal for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 10, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.4%6.1%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.7%23.9%21.3%
Total overhead spending 25.1%30.0%25.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 161.1%141.7%151.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,7335,0485,370
Investment income 969042
Total revenues 5,8295,1385,412
Program costs - International 3,6993,7573,628
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 252310215
Fundraising costs 1,1891,2061,143
Total spending 5,1405,2734,985
Cash flow from operations 689(135)426
Capital spending 191930
Funding reserves 5,9605,3245,478

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization from program costs, administrative costs, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 45

Avg. Compensation: $31,868

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comments from a previous year:

We’re committed to being responsible stewards of our donors’ gifts. We adhere to the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability, and live those principles in our work every day. We were so proud to be recognized as one of Charity Intelligence Canada’s Top 10 Impact Charities of 2018. We know that our donors understand that they support not just our program work, but also critical investments in our organization like software, technology and hiring the right people. Our donors’ generosity allows us to work more efficiently and more effectively, to ultimately help more people see.

As part of our work, we’ve embraced the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our donors enable our programs to support the achievement of nine of the 17 SDGs, alongside our partners such as hospitals, governments and other international development organizations.

Finally, we’ve developed an innovative program of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health that helps our partners both develop eye health services in the countries where we work and create community demand for those services through eye health education. Our goal is to create eye health care that’s sustainable without continued foreign support. Our donors know that avoidable blindness will be eliminated only when everyone has access to affordable eye health care, and we can’t thank them enough!

Charity Contact

Website: www.operationeyesight.com
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