Humanitarian Eye Care

Spotlight on a Sight Giver: Richard Litwin, MD

Dr. Richard Litwin cautions other ophthalmologists about a major risk associated with humanitarian eye care: “it’s addictive.” Dr. Litwin was first hooked after he demonstrated to a local doctor in south India a PC IOL procedure. That surgery resulted in the patient, a carpenter by trade, returning to gainful employment, and made clear to both doctors how powerful the gift of sight can be. Thirty-six years after that first trip, Dr.

Barbara Erny, MD Takes on New Foundation Role

The ASCRS Foundation welcomes Barbara Erny, MD, to the team as the ASCRS Foundation Medical Liaison for International Programs. This is a new volunteer position created to support the expanding scope of the Foundation’s international work, which includes a diverse and growing network of nonprofit partners including DigiSight, Global Sight Alliance, Himalayan Cataract Project, Moran Eye Institute, Seva Foundation and Vision Care.

TED Talk: Ending Preventable Blindness

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Most of that blindness is concentrated among the world's poorest people who are unable to afford cataract surgery. This TED talk tells the story of how innovative doctors have creatively deconstructed and reinvented cataract surgery making it faster, much less expensive, and finally accessible to the world's poor and blind.

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