Lloyd Williams, MD/Image credit: Duke Global Health Institute


“It’s the closest we can come to performing miracles on Earth.”

In West Africa, Duke eye surgeon Lloyd Williams, MD is helping local doctors restore sight to the blind.

Balu Sesay had been blind for 29 years when Dr. Williams first met her on a sweltering day in July 2021, in a small hospital exam room in Freetown, the bustling port capital of Sierra Leone. He saw immediately that both of Sesay’s eyes were badly damaged. Dr. Williams worked with a team of Sierra Leonean ophthalmologists to replace the opaque cornea in her left eye with one from a donor, one of eight corneal transplants that week, the first ever performed in the West African country.

Dr. Williams, a member of the NCMS-managed NC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, is a corneal fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye and has performed hundreds of vision-restoring surgeries in the United States and other countries.

Dr. Williams is the founder and chairman of the board of HelpMercy International and a founder of the MoranCore ophthalmology educational website.

Learn more about Dr. Williams here.