Mission Cataract USA: Sarasota Cataract Surgeons Donate the Gift of Sight

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Local cataract surgeons William J. Lahners, MD, Joshua Kim, MD and William L. Soscia, MD from Center For Sight will participate in Mission Cataract USA, providing free cataract surgery to 29 people in need on June 30th.

"I am looking forward to being able to make my way around the grocery store," says Anne Gordon, 60, of Sarasota. For a year and half, Anne has essentially lost her ability to do the simple things in life because she has impaired vision due to cataracts, a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to significant loss of sight or even blindness.

Anne will be among 29 people receiving free cataract surgery at Center For Sight's AAAHC-accredited surgery center in Sarasota. For more than a decade, Center For Sight has partnered with Mission Cataract USA, a national non-profit organization, to help eliminate blindness due to cataracts. On June 30, Cataract Surgeons William J. Lahners, M.D., Joshua Kim, M.D., and William L. Soscia, M.D. will perform free cataract surgery, a procedure which includes the replacement of the eye's cloudy lens with an artificial, intraocular lens (IOL). Patients can see the difference almost immediately following the procedure.

To qualify for free cataract surgery, applicants must meet certain guidelines:

  •     U.S. citizens
  •     Without any insurance including Medicare or Medicaid
  •     Must be at or below the national poverty level

The criteria are established by Mission Cataract USA, and each qualifying candidate is prescreened by the participating physicians.
Center For Sight Medical Director William Lahners, M.D. will be performing Anne's surgery. She considers the whole event to be divine intervention. Anne is looking forward to going back to her writing and pet therapy volunteer work.

Participating in Mission Cataract is a gift from the staff's perspective as well. "We are all committed to Mission Cataract. It's a privilege being involved in a program that is truly bringing clear vision to life and helping improve the quality of life for so many," comments Dr. Lahners.

About cataracts: Aging is the #1 factor in developing cataracts; about half of Americans older than 65 have some degree of this clouding of the lens. Exposure to the sun and cigarette smoke can increase the risk. The symptoms may be subtle: blurred vision, sensitivity to light, glare or halos around objects, faded colors and poor night vision. Early diagnosis of cataracts allows for the best opportunity for successful treatment.

About AAAHC: Accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a voluntary process through which an organization is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized standards. The AAAHC accreditation certificate held by Center For Sight is a symbol that an organization is committed to providing the highest quality health care and has demonstrated that commitment by measuring up to the Accreditation Association's high standards.

With locations throughout Southwest Florida, Center For Sight is the nation's leading multi-disciplinary practice providing patients worldwide with advanced healthcare in ophthalmology, dermatology, cosmetic facial surgery and hearing services. Under the clinical direction of David W. Shoemaker, M.D. and William J. Lahners, M.D., F.A.C.S., Center For Sight has eight offices located in Bradenton, Sarasota, Sun City Center, Venice, Englewood and North Port. For more information, visit http://www.centerforsight.net or call (800) 941.6956.


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