Our Story

The name “Alina” means “bearer of the light” — with origins in ancient Greece, “Alina” has been adopted around the world by various cultures from Europe to South Asia and reflects our mission to ensure everyone has equal access to sight.

Alina Vision was founded with an ambitious objective: to make world-class eye care available to all, regardless of their ability to pay.


Over 200 million people around the world suffer from severely impaired vision or blindness, devastating their lives — preventing them from connecting with, and supporting, their families and communities. 


80% of these cases are easily treatable with quick, inexpensive and low-risk procedures that dramatically improve sight, whether it's surgery for cataracts, or simply the right pair of eyeglasses.  But millions in need can't access these treatments, due to needlessly high costs, distance from medical providers, or lack of information.


In many underserved areas, those suffering from blindness do not know where to turn, or are unable to travel to reach care.  So we work with community leaders to spread the word by bringing doctors out to more remote areas for periodic eye care camps, providing treatments on-site, and arranging transportation for others.


We believe everyone has a right to the best eye care, and that no patient should be turned away.  We know how to help a community care for itself, with a sustainable business not perennially dependent on philanthropy, that hires and trains in-country staff on the latest techniques, fostering the best in eye care, all in the service of improved vision for every income level.


There's nothing complicated about it.  World-class eye care — for everyone.

Existing medical and business solutions exist to alleviate most blindness.  The real problem is access to care.  But health systems in most countries are not keeping up with the growth rates of preventable blindness around the world.


So we created Alina Vision to meet the need.  By building eye surgery centers run by top ophthalmologists in underserved areas around the world, we can deliver world-class care, including subsidized or free treatments to those in need.  


Utilizing the latest technologies, smart hospital efficiencies, and uncompromising quality standards, our hospitals will be financially self-sufficient — even profitable, although we always put the patient first.


Based on a business model proven over decades, we know that communities can sustain a high quality eye care center that serves every income level by attracting patients who choose only the best providers and are able to pay for the best care.  And running our centers efficiently enables us to provide the same doctors and quality care even to those who can't pay.