Dr. Gerard D'Aversa of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island Participates in Mission Cataract USA

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Free cataract surgery for eligible Queens and Long Island residents

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) will participate in the Mission Cataract USA program, offering free outpatient cataract surgery throughout August and September to residents of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens who are not covered by medical insurance and who are unable to pay for the surgery themselves. Dr. Gerard D'Aversa is one of several ophthalmologists from OCLI who will donate his time and talents to Mission Cataract USA. A partner in OCLI, Dr. D'Aversa will perform free surgery at the Island Eye Surgicenter to give the gift of sight back to those who have lost some or all of their vision because of cataracts. For more information, please visit http://www.ocli.net or call: 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254).

A resident of Garden City, Dr. D'Aversa (http://ocli.net/physicians/ocli-daversa-old.htm) is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with vast experience in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. D'Aversa graduated at the top of his class at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, finished his residency in Ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine in Gainesville. Dr. D'Aversa has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He specializes in performing topical, sutureless, clear corneal cataract surgery; corneal transplants; and laser vision correction using the most technologically advanced flying spot excimer laser. Dr. D' Aversa accomplishments have been featured on television news reports, as well as being covered in the Daily News and Newsday. He has written numerous journal articles, authored a textbook chapter and has given frequent lectures locally and nationally.

OCLI has performed charitable surgical procedures for many years with various local service organizations including The Lion's Eye Bank and The Sons of Italy. For this Mission Cataract effort (http://www.ocli.net./mission-cataract.html), the doctors, technicians and nurses volunteer their services free of charge. The procedures will be performed at no cost at the Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place.

Those who meet Mission Cataract guidelines and want more information should visit http://www.ocli.net or call: 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254) before August 31st.

About Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
OCLI, one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the nation, consists of 21 eye specialists representing each subspecialty of ophthalmology in 6 locations throughout Long Island; in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Stony Brook, Manhasset and East Meadow. OCLI also has a research department that is involved in FDA studies to improve the treatment and diagnosing of ophthalmic diseases. For more information, please call 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254) or visit http://www.ocli.net.

About Island Eye Surgicenter
Island Eye Surgicenter is a New York State licensed and Medicare certified Ambulatory Surgery Center and has been nationally accredited by AAAHC (the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Island Eye Surgicenter is unique in that it specializes in the surgical care and treatment of eye disorders. The center has made significant contributions in its pharmaceutical and device research activities. Island Eye Surgicenter is also a N.Y. State licensed Tissue Transplantation facility, and is a leader in the field of Corneal Transplantation. For more information please visit http://www.islandeye.net.

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