Free Cataract Surgery Program for Central Virginians: Virginia Eye Institute Now Accepting Applications

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Virginia Eye Institute will begin accepting applications to its 19th Annual Cataract Mission program. Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program is an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery.

Free Cataract Surgery Program for Central Virginians: Virginia Eye Institute Now Accepting Applications
Cataract Mission is a long-standing and essential part of Virginia Eye Institute’s commitment to community outreach,” said Chris Carney, Virginia Eye Institute’s CEO.

Starting November 1, 2011 Virginia Eye Institute will begin accepting applications to its 19th Annual Cataract Mission program. Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program is an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria for the application-based program include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2012. The screening day will be Saturday, February 18, 2012 and the surgery day Saturday, February 25, 2012.

To date, Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program has donated over 763 eye exams and 221 cataract surgeries in the program’s 19 year history. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. More than $5,000 worth of services are provided at no charge to each patient undergoing cataract surgery.

About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers, from the front desk staff to the eye doctors and physicians, work with the program each year. “Cataract Mission is a long-standing and essential part of Virginia Eye Institute’s commitment to community outreach,” said Chris Carney, Virginia Eye Institute’s CEO.

“The dedication and enthusiasm of the physicians, employees and volunteers are evident throughout the planning and conduct of the screening and cataract surgeries on successive Saturdays in February. It is very gratifying to be able to make such a positive difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Carney.

Virginia Eye Institute is assisted in their community outreach by the Richmond Academy of Medicine’s “Access Now” program. Access Now is a community partnership to improve access to specialty health care for low-income, uninsured residents of the Richmond area. Carney thanks Richmond Academy of Medicine and Access Now for their support and involvement in making Cataract Mission a success.

Virginia Eye Institute (VEI) is a central Virginia comprehensive eye care organization providing a wide range of ophthalmology, optometry, and optical services in 12 locations, including two new offices scheduled to open in early 2012. VEI offers an exceptional range of ophthalmologic care including cornea, glaucoma, retina, ocularplastics, pediatrics, refractive surgery (LASIK), and general. All of Virginia Eye Institute’s physicians are board-certified and many are fellowship-trained. VEI also owns and operates an out-patient Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) which provides ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat surgical services to pediatric and adult patients. VEI optical shops provide board-certified opticians and contact lens fitters and were recently ranked as one of the nation’s “50 Best Optical Shops” by Vision Monday.

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