Christenbury Eye Center Supports Underserved Communities From North Carolina to Central America with LASIK and Cataract Surgeries and Cash Donations

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Fifty-Four LASIK and cataract procedures and more than $7,000 donated to help those in need. The doctors at Christenbury Eye Center support the Charlotte community and the world at large by offering free LASIK and cataract surgeries to those in need.

We're proud to support this amazing effort to help families regain their independence.

For more than 25 years, Christenbury Eye Center has worked to restore vision in more than 140,000 eyes. The doctors at Christenbury Eye Center support the Charlotte community and the world at large. Each year, the Center helps those in need by offering free LASIK and cataract surgeries, along with monetary donations to agencies that support underserved communities. In fact, Christenbury Eye Center worked far above and beyond in 2013 to help needy individuals and families.

Here's a sampling of the Center's generosity:

Christenbury Eye Center donated nine (9) LASIK eye surgeries to various non-profits as auction items that raised more than $15,000. Non-profits supported included local organizations, such as:

—    Project 2 Heal, Leroy Fox, benefiting Susan G. Komen of Charlotte
—    Mecklenberg County Medical Society
—    Fort Mill Rotary Club
—    Charlotte Catholic School
—    Duke Mansion Preservation Society

And also national organizations, such as:

—    St. Jude's Children's Hospital
—    March of Dimes
—    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Dr. Christenbury also provided monetary donations to the Salvation Army and Cops for Kids. This year, continuing a Christenbury Eye Center tradition, a $3600 donation to the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Greater Charlotte paid for a family of five to move into a new apartment with paid rent and utilities for six months. Without the help of Christenbury Eye Center, this family may have returned to living in their car, as the Salvation Army's temporary housing fund that paid for their hotel room would soon dry up. With the freezing harsh weather in Charlotte, this donation is a timely blessing that allows this family to keep warm.

Dr. Christenbury says, "We're proud to support this amazing effort to help families regain their independence." Each year, approximately 350 individuals and families are helped at the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte’s Center of Hope.

In 2013, Dr. Christenbury and Dr. Casey Mathys traveled to Nicaragua and Honduras, respectively. Each of their missions included free cataract surgeries to the severely sight-impaired and most in need in these countries. A total of 45 surgeries were performed to restore their vision. Christenbury Eye Center donated both services and supplies for these missions.

You might ask how the Center functions with all this philanthropy going on? Dr. Christenbury's employees help by staffing tables at the various community events and attending various fundraiser events. The doctors traveled on mission for one week (not the same week) and were able to support each other while one was absent.

For more information about Christenbury Eye Center, call (877) 702-2020 or visit the Christenbury Eye Center website and watch our Facebook page for more information.

About the Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For more than a decade he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, and ReSTOR.

Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 75,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, the doctor was the first Carolinas eye surgeon to perform the ReSTOR® procedure, used both for the treatment of cataracts and for Presbyopia, eliminating reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.

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