Over the past two years, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida cataract surgeons performed 30 free cataract surgeries during National Sight Week, which takes place in the fall each year.
“It is an honor to serve the community through this great program, organized and sponsored by the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation,” said ophthalmologist and participating surgeon Daniel Welch, MD.
National Sight Week is a week-long celebration of volunteerism, during which members of the ASCRS Operation Sight network are encouraged to contribute one or more charitable cataract surgeries in their own communities. Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, with the assistance of the ASCRS Foundation, helped provide surgery to eligible, uninsured patients in Highlands and Polk Counties.
More than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed annually in the United States. Unfortunately, many of patients most in need – those with the most obstructed sight – are unable to pay for the procedure. Through Operation Sight, participating surgeons provide life-changing cataract surgeries to their local communities’ deserving patients in need.
The next National Sight Week will take place October 14-20, 2018. Individuals interested in being considered for free cataract surgery can visit ascrsfoundation.org/operationsight to apply.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2003. Through its projects in the United States and overseas, the foundation works to improve physician education and to deliver humanitarian eye care. Visit ASCRSFoundation.org to learn more.