“Operation Sight is working to meet a huge unmet need in the United States,” said Stephen S. Lane, MD, Chairman of the ASCRS Foundation’s Domestic Programs
Stillwater, MN (PRWEB) November 02, 2015
Today Associated Eye Care of Stillwater, MN, announced they will host a Charity Cataract Surgery Day on November 6, 2015 as a part of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation) Operation Sight program.
Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s US-based charitable cataract surgery program. Its nationwide network includes volunteer organizations and surgeons, which provide care to those unable to access or afford surgery on their own. During the past year, Operation Sight has helped organize and support over 200 free cataract surgeries.
“Operation Sight is working to meet a huge unmet need in the United States,” said Stephen S. Lane, MD, Chairman of the ASCRS Foundation’s Domestic Programs, who oversees the Operation Sight initiative and is an ophthalmologist at Associated Eye Care. “Associated Eye Care is pleased to join the growing network of volunteer surgeons working to eliminate cataract blindness in the United States.”
Seven volunteer surgeons from Associated Eye Care plan to provide cataract surgery for six needy patients on Friday, November 6th. In addition, the practices’ administrative and surgical staff will volunteer their time to assist with processing and patient preparation.
Charitable surgery is not new to Associated Eye Care. The practice has a history of providing humanitarian care in many instances, some locally and internationally. “While we’ve done charitable cases in the past, the Operation Sight program offers a formal structure under which we can qualify needy patients and deliver humanitarian care right here at home,” said Dr. Lane. “It’s a centralized program now working in cities across the United States.”
“So much is written about the need for medical care in the developing world, but there’s an often overlooked need here in our own communities. Modern cataract surgery can improve vision to where people can return to work and lead full and productive lives. By teaming with the ASCRS Foundation and Operation Sight, Associated Eye Care is working to do our part here in Minnesota.”
For additional information about Associated Eye Care’s November 6, 2015 Charity Surgery Day, please contact Abbie Elliott or Phil Jackson at 651.343.5152.
Dr. Stephen Lane and patients will be available for interview.
The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and Africa. 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.