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Luis Perez, Director of Operations, Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International


Monday, May 6, 2013
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Perez oversees all international programs, including the planning, coordination and implementation of all yearly overseas operations. His oversight is crucial in ensuring increased access to free or low-cost restorative surgical eye care. Perez is prepared to advance SEE International’s mission of restoring sight and transforming lives through the dozens of expeditions every month.

Luis Perez
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Luis Perez

Perez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and International Studies from UCSB. During his studies at UCSB, he learned the need for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like SEE International.

Recently, Perez visited northeastern India on one of SEE International’s expeditions to see firsthand the effects of cataracts on underprivileged blind people. Under the direction of Perez, SEE International looks to increase their yearly output of 11,000+ surgeries, across 35+ countries and 145+ separate expeditions.

About SEE International

Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical, surgical, and educational services by volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the primary objective of restoring sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.seeintl.org.

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Does this organization do anything to help people in need here in the US, or do they just help people in need everywhere else?

Seems that a lot of these charitable medical groups do all their work elsewhere, and not here. Could that be something as simple as the fact that the cost is so high and the regulations are so strict for literally EVERYTHING in this country that it's less of a logistical nightmare to fix teeth in India and eyes in Africa than it is to do the exact same things right here in the US?

I wonder the same thing when I see people adopting babies and children from anywhere but here...and I KNOW there are US children in dire need of homes. Is the cost of doing business here now so high and the regulations so strict that it is less expensive and more realistic to go overseas? Kind of like why everything is made in China now, and not here...we've gone from a manufacturer and supplier of goods to a consumer of goods...

What is the answer to these questions? These situations DO exist, whether any of us necessarily like it or not. Medical care and assistance goes overseas, manufacturing goes overseas, people who can do it adopt their children from overseas.

What's going on here? Moreover, what is the solution which will bring adoptions, affordable medical care, and manufacturing back here?

Just a few thoughts on a sunny Wednesday...

Holly (anonymous profile)
May 8, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm with Holly on this. If you think Obamacare has solved our nation's health care crisis you're living in a fantasy.
There are many, worthy, hardworking adults and children who can't afford proper medical, dental, and eye care in the US (even with insurance!)
India has gotten enough outsourced jobs I'm not really concerend about their moneyflow problems.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 8, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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