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Cataracts are not just a medical issue in developing countries. Here in the United States there are neighbors in our communities who are uninsured – or underinsured - and cannot afford care on their own. These individuals may rely on others to complete their daily tasks, and if left untreated, risk complete vision loss.
Operation Sight is a network of volunteer organizations and ASCRS members who provide care to these Americans unable to access or afford surgery. Launched in 2014, Operation Sight matches eligible patients with volunteer surgeons, and provides the administrative and financial assistance necessary to simplify the process.
Hundreds of procedures are performed each year by Operation Sight volunteer staff and surgeons. All surgeries are performed free of charge to the patients. Operation Sight funds provide for the disposable equipment and other expenses unique to each site. Annually, the Operation Sight network celebrates National Sight Week in October with a commitment to perform a high volume of charitable surgeries within that week. The high volume of procedures draws local and national attention to the worthy work our volunteers do, as well as encourages donations and new volunteers enabling continued growth of our efforts.
Vision & Goals
Build a comprehensive network of volunteer ASCRS member surgeons across the United States who together will deliver charitable cataract surgery to eligible American patients. To meet the demand, the Foundation works to:
- Grow the number of volunteer surgeons, with at least one representative in each state.
- Conduct outreach to nonprofits serving at-risk populations to boost the number of patient referrals.
- Provide funding for the support and supplies necessary to perform the needed procedures as a way to reduce the financial burden on the volunteer practice/surgeon
- Provide infrastructure to aid in vetting, scheduling and recruiting patients thereby minimizimg the administrative burden of the volunteer surgeons staff.