Sponsored by the ASCRS Foundation, TearLab and Shire, the Run for Sight is a great way to add some fun to your ASCRS Annual Meeting experience. Race proceeds directly benefit needy patients through the Foundation’s international and domestic charitable programs.

Learn more about the ASCRS Foundation's charitable endeavors in this Annual Report.

Presidential candidate and ophthalmologist Senator Rand Paul joined the ASCRS Foundation on a four-day surgical mission in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S.- based charitable cataract surgery program. By leveraging the combined strength of established charitable organizations and ASCRS-member volunteer surgeons, Operation Sight is providing needed care to those unable to access or afford surgery.

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—ASCRS Foundation, the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International

In collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), the ASCRS Foundation is working to improve physician education and place more surgeons in Ethiopia's underserved regions.

In partnership with Project Vision, the ASCRS Foundation is training a new generation of ophthalmologists to staff 100 rural cataract centers in China.

The ASCRS Foundation's Grants Program has awarded over $450,000 to fund research studies and new treatment options.

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Charitable Surgeries Launch National Effort to End Cataract Blindness: Charleston-based Operation Sight Joins New ASCRS Foundation Network

Charleston, SC--The first two charitable cataract surgeries, performed as part of the ASCRS Foundation’s new Operation Sight network, were conducted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, by Kerry Solomon, MD, at Physicians Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

ASCRS Foundation and Sen. Rand Paul Support Mission Perform Cataract Surgeries in Guatemala

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort launched with an initial, nine-day mission in August 2014 and included ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY).

Ryan Fante, MD, 2014 Resident Excellence Award Winner

Passionate about patient care, Dr. Ryan Fante relishes ophthalmology´s ability to positively impact people´s lives.

“Our efforts are really meaningful to patients considering the importance of vision to quality of life,” he pointed out. “Ophthalmology offers the perfect mix of surgical and clinical patient care combined with a high-tech dimension that I enjoy.”

Grant Winner Seeks To Reduce Complications From Cataract Surgery

2014 ASCRS Foundation Research Grant winner, Heather Chandler, MD, is attempting to improve the success of cataract surgery by exploring the leading cause of complications.

“Most of my research looks at why cataracts form and why posterior capsule opacification (PCO), the leading complication to cataract surgery occurs,” said Dr. Chandler.

PCO causes secondary vision loss after cataract surgery and can significantly affect an individual´s quality of life.