Moran Eye Center's Outreach Work in the Caribbean & Central America


  • Population: 14,647,083
  • Number of Ophthalmologists: 242
  • Blind Population: 100,000
  • Population Living < $2/day: 26% 

While there are more than 240 ophthalmologists in Guatemala, they are concentrated in the capi­tol Guatemala City. In the central region of Baja Verapaz, there are just two per 800,000 people. In 2014, Moran launched a new five-year part­nership there with the Lions Club Eye Hospital in Salamá, training its staff to meet the overwhelm­ing need for surgery to treat cataracts, ptygerium, and diabetic retinopathy. 

Watch a video about our work in Guatemala.


  • Population: 105,897
  • Number of Ophthalmologists: 1 

In 2014, the Moran Outreach Division began partnering with St George’s University in Granada to help eliminate the backlog of patients suffering from blinding, yet curable, cataracts. The Moran Outreach Division sends a small team consisting of a surgeon, scrub nurse, and ophthalmic technician two times a year to provide sight restoring cataract surgery to those on the island who would otherwise not have access to care. 


  • Population: 9,996,731
  • Number of Ophthalmologists: 55
  • Blind Population: 80,000 or 1%
  • Population Living < $2/day: 77% 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere— 80 percent of its residents live in poverty and 20 percent of chil­dren receive no formal education. It also has few ophthalmolo­gists and high rates of blindness from glaucoma and cata­racts, due to the strong tropical sun and lack of basic health care. To improve eye care delivery, Haiti must increase the number of ophthalmic physicians, nurses, and technicians. Dr. Craig Chaya conducts annual surgical trainings and partners with key leaders to hold surgical eye camps.

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Population: 1,341,465
  • Number of Ophthalmologists: 16
  • Blind Population: 2%
  • Population Living < $2/day: 14% 

Moran is partnering with the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies and will provide ophthalmic training at the island’s hospitals and at the Moran Eye Center. 


  • Population: 10,631,486
  • Number of Ophthalmologists: 3486
  • Blind Population: 5%
  • Population Living < $2/day: 25%

One out of every 1,000 residents of Bolivia’s highland region is in need of a cornea transplant. Dry air, extreme alti­tude, and dust cause inflammation and disease on the surface of the eye. Because of a lack of available transplant tissue, most of these patients go untreated. 

With the help of the Utah Lions Eye Bank, the Moran Eye Center partnered with Bolivia’s National Institute of Oph­thalmology to create the country’s first eye bank, opening in 2015. This will go a long way towards eradicating corneal blindness. We also train Bolivian oph­thalmologists in their home country and at the Moran Eye Center.