Dr. Allen Zieker’s Mission Trip to Panama, 2015: Restoring Vision


For a second time in the last 3 years, Dr. Allen Zieker traveled to Panama to be part of a team doing 100 cataract surgeries in two days. The local Kiwanis in Panama sponsored the food and transportation for the patients. Dr. Ruben Orillac, a very well-respected surgeon in Central America was the local sponsoring doctor.

SEE International’s primary focus is on cataract surgery. This type of surgery is one of the most cost-effective of all health interventions. All it takes is about $100 and a volunteer SEE surgeon can restore the sight of a person who has been blind with cataracts for 5, 10, or even 20 years with a local anesthetic and a 20-minute surgery!

Fifty percent of the world’s blind are blind because of cataracts. “Performing cataract surgery and restoring vision changes a person’s life drastically. However, it also changes the lives of everyone connected to that person. This is why being part of SEE International’s program is so very important to me. ” –Dr. Allen Zieker.

Dr. Allen Zieker is one of SEE International’s SEE Doc network consisting of more than 650 ophthalmologists from 80 countries. Working together, SEE’s eye surgeons have performed more than 440,000 sight-restoring surgeries, transforming the lives of the patients and their families. Last year, 160 expeditions in 40 different countries and approximately 12,000 sight-restoring surgeries were completed by our volunteer teams.

About Dr. Allen Zieker

Dr. Allen Zieker has been in practice as an ophthalmologist for over 33 years.  Since working with cataract patients is his passion, Dr. Allen Zieker has limited his practice to cataract surgery. He currently performs 40-60 surgeries per week. Dr. Allen Zieker is the President of Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region and the Director of Cataract Surgery.

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