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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for patients and families worldwide by transforming the understanding, treatment and care of the ocular surface. We envision a world where no one has to suffer needlessly with corneal disease.

Results: Together with our partners in world-class specialty eye institutes in academic medical centers in the US and clinics abroad, we have saved the sight of thousands of people from all walks of life who suffer with a wide range of rare corneal diseases, disorders and damage.

Target demographics: Children, adults, seniors, wounded soldiers, cancer survivors, accident victims, and more all walk through our doors to find the hope- and help- they have been searching for, regardless of their ability to pay. Our patients come from all over the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients - both in our clinic in Needham, MA and throughout our network of BostonSight PROSE providers at academic medical centers through the United States

Geographic areas served: the greater Boston-area but provide eye healthcare to cornea patients from around the world.

Programs: BostonSight, a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides eye healthcare to corneal disease sufferers from around the world. In our clinic in Needham, MA we offer PROSE, a treatment that restores visual function, supports healing, reduces symptoms and improves quality of life for patients suffering with complex corneal disease. Our newest initiative is called BostonSight SCLERAL, a data driven, FDA-approved innovative product, which delivers doctors and patients an unparalleled scleral lens fitting system to improve both quantitative and qualitative vision.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jeriann M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome a year ago, leaving my eyes drastically damaged. My eye doctor at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary recommended BFS in Needham. A couple weeks later I was in an appointment with Dr. Lynette Johns and soon after, fitted for PROSE devices. That was the best decision I have ever made. This place helped me regain my sight, I would recommend it to anyone.


Rating: 5

How does one measure the greatness of an organization? We could ask how many lives it has touched, but that really only tells us about the size of its reach and not its greatness. We could assess the importance of the issue(s) it works to resolve, but doesn't that really only tell us about what it values, and why is what one group values greater than that of another? The way I have come to appreciate the greatness of the Boston Foundation for Sight (BFS) is by listening to its patients. I have never in my 20+ years of working for and with non profit organizations witnessed a more grateful group of patients.

Consider their Stevens Johnson Syndrome patients. Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a physically brutal allergic reaction that can ravage the cornea. People who experience SJS, essentially burn victims, have been poked and prodded often to the point of having traumatic stress reactions to an eye doctor appointment. And here is where the staff at the Boston Foundation for Sight achieve their greatness. They are patient, they are kind and they earn their way into the hearts and eyes of patients.

Patients use words like encouraging, compassionate, safe and miraculous to describe BFS and its staff. And, it's not just some of the patients that say this, is many, many, many of the patients that say this. And they don't just say it in surveys and in planned personal testimonies (though they do), they say it to the staff and to their friends and family and to one another.

The fact that patients get to share their thoughts with each other is another way BFS has earned its greatness. It is not uncommon for SJS patients to go through life never meeting another person with SJS and this can translate into great loneliness for many SJS patients. They've been suddenly traumatized, practically blinded and left to figure out how to navigate in their new physical condition essentially alone. BFS's response to this reality was to start holding annual SJS Kids Weeks, hosting children with SJS and their families for a week of treatment, therapeutic conversations and fun and games with other people dealing with exactly what they are dealing with. What happens during that week is nothing short of restorative to the body, mind and soul.

And, it isn't just SJS patients that love their experience with BFS, it's all of their patients. So, how do I measure the greatness of the Boston Foundation for Sight? I listen to the people that know: the people that receive their services.