Jeffrey Levenson

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The Reinvention of Cataract Surgery for the World’s Poor and Blind

It is now within our power to eliminate the scourge of preventable blindness from the world.

Jeffrey H Levenson MD is the Chief Medical Officer of SEE International (, a Santa Barbara nonprofit dedicated to the elimination of preventable blindness in the world. 

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr Levenson practices comprehensive ophthalmology at Levenson Eye Associates ( in Jacksonville, Florida, where he specializes in cataract surgery.

Eight years ago his life turned on a dime when, having done perhaps 15,000 cataract surgeries, he rapidly started losing his own vision to cataracts. His sight restored, he now travels extensively to Central and South America, enabling low cost manual cataract surgery techniques among doctors caring for the world’s poorest, blindest people. 

A Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he’s also an avid bicyclist and runner, and the father of three children.


  1. Dear Dr Levenson

    I am an Optometrist in Johannesburg South Africa and am inspired by the work you do. Besides my regular clinical Optometric work, I also work extensively in disadvantaged communities where access to Optometric is close to non-existant. We supply schoolchildren with glasses through our NPO, and see the elderly who of course often present with advanced cataracts, Glaucoma, etc.

    Do you think the methods of cataract extraction could be replicated here? Any advice from the work you are doing in poor communities that we may benefit from?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you

    Jonathan Brand +27 82 990-0735

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