What We Do

  • Provide free, humanitarian cataract surgery to those most in need, both in the United States and developing countries around the world.
  • Increase the capacity of physicians to treat cataracts through support and education.

Why Cataracts?

More than 85 million people are visually impaired worldwide - and they don't have to be.

Globally, cataracts are the second leading cause of visual impairment. And they are the leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries.

People with cataract impairment don't have to walk through life with hazy eye sight. Ophthalmologists can restore sight with an out-patient procedure that often takes less than 30 minutes. But too often patients don't have access to care, or the ability to afford the procedure.

Our Mission

The ASCRS Foundation works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and developing countries. Through its programs and partnerships, the foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of needy patients both at home and abroad.

The ASCRS Foundation accomplishes our goals through a combination of original programs and by funding and collaborating with a select network of highly effective partners. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the largest global organization of cataract surgeons. Among its membership exists the collective expertise to identify initiatives and partnerships with the greatest potential to reduce cataract blindness.