helping the world to see

Where global refractive surgeons, ophthalmologists, optometrists, visual scientists, manufacturers, NGO's and governments come together to tackle the Number 1 cause of vision impairment in the world - Refractive Error.

Curricula & accreditation

Providing standards in curriculum and education to improve the quality of refractive surgery on a global scale.

certification

Certifying physicians and personnel who have met the standards for education & accreditation by the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences.

impact

Championing refractive surgery for refractive errors across the globe, we improve productivity and avoid lost productivity from visual impairment.

advocacy

Bringing the benefits of modern, safe refractive surgery to more people addresses the unmet needs of visual impairment from untreated refractive errors and cataracts across the globe.

specialization

Global refractive surgeons, ophthalmologists, optometrists, visual scientists, manufacturers, NGO's and governments come together to tackle the Number 1 cause of vision impairment in the world - Refractive Error.

research

Study and report on the impact of visual impairment from refractive errors and needless cataract blindness and to advocate for expansion and access to refractive surgery among relevant stakeholders.

mission

To improve the human condition by preventing and eliminating refractive errors on a global basis, by positioning refractive surgery as primary care for vision correction.

Our World View
Our Role 

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences establishes refractive surgery as a specialty. This designation brings together manufacturers, academic institutions, professional societies, NGOs, governments, research organizations, and other entities with clear alignment with the growth of refractive surgery, which we believe enables  benefits to all the College’s constituents through the College’s three areas of focus: Accreditation, Certification and Impact.

We further believe the College will amplify our Mission and influence by providing invaluable ties between researchers, clinicians, policymakers, manufacturers, and patients through our efforts in Advocacy, Specialization, and Research.


Founding Board of Directors

Guy M. Kezirian, MD, MBA, FACS, Chairman

Arthur S. Cummings, MD, FRCSEd

Daniel S. Durrie, MD

Osama Ibrahim, MD, PhD

Dan Z. Reinstein, MD, FRCSC, FRCOphth

Charles Williamson, MD

vision correction for all ages

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences establishes vision correction as a separate medical specialty. Refractive errors affect nearly all of humanity and impact people at all stages of life. The technologies are mature, the procedures are the most studied in the entire history of medicine, and the safety and satisfaction profiles are excellent.

Correcting vision can provide better, safer vision, than treating vision with glasses and contact lenses. Occupational fitness, personal safety, performance, convenience, and lifestyle are all improved, and at a cost which is less than using glasses or contact lenses over time. In the developing world, vision correction can open educational opportunities, job opportunities, and greatly enhance personal safety.

The economic benefits are tremendous – refractive errors and needless cataract blindness cost over $3 Trillion USD in lost productivity. The United Nations recently recognized vision as essential to 8 of the Sustained Development Goals. (https://www.undocs.org/en/A/75/L.108)

Vision correction applies to all four stages of vision development:

  • It begins with the onset of myopia with myopia control in children and adolescents. Effective myopia control can help avoid the development of sight-threatening high myopia.

  • In young adults, distance vision correction is achieved with laser vision correction and implantable contact lenses, opening career opportunities and saving money over time.

  • Vision correction can replace reading glasses with drops, laser vision correction, lens-based refractive surgery.

  • Refractive cataract surgery has replaced basic cataract surgery and provides glasses-free vision to seniors, greatly reducing the risk of falls and serious injury while providing better vision and lifestyle benefits.


The amazing advances of modern vision correction are only possible because of the tireless innovation of the legions of visual scientists that research and develop new treatments. The delivery of vision correction is not possible without the collaboration and coordination of surgeons, optometrists, technicians, and administrators. The investments that drive vision correction benefit societies and governments, driving impact investment opportunities.

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences brings all these stakeholders together under the new specialty of refractive surgery, opening a new era in vision correction. We invite you to join with us as we work to bring vision correction to the world – to all ages and across all socioeconomic sectors.

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purpose driven

one simple principle

We were founded on one simple principle: For refractive surgery to achieve its potential for mankind. Primarily funded by doctors, the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences is a Company founded on creating a disruptive and collaborative platform for the growth and development of refractive surgery.

unique speciality

As a separate specialty from Ophthalmology, the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences is positioned as a resource to all ophthalmic organizations, training programs, non-profits, and other entities.

funding

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences is funded through investments from physicians, clinicians, doctors, scientists, governments, non-government organizations, corporations, impact investors and the public.

visual freedom foundation

Separate and distinct from the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences, the Visual Freedom Foundation is a companion non-profit Foundation that supports the work other non-profits through grants and funding from diverse sources to further the charitable mission.

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global organization

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences is intentionally a global organization. Ownership is diverse, and this offering is deliberately soliciting investors from every continent, and from both developed and developing nations.

public benefit company

Established as a Public Benefit Corporation, the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences allows the Board of Directors to value impact and purpose alongside shareholder primacy.

collaboration

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences will support other organizations with educational resources, curriculum guidance and standards, accreditation, impact analysis and reports, and advocacy for refractive surgery and treatments to address needless blindness from cataracts.

reach & analysis

The World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences will support impact analysis and reporting for refractive surgery treatments and technologies to support bringing the benefits of refractive surgery to more people.

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