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.

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.

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.



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.

Corporate Relations Committee Head to Broaden Industry Outreach

With plans to reach out to all levels of industry, Jim Mazzo, Chairman of the Foundation´s new Corporate Relations Committee, recently shared an inclusive and exciting vision for industry outreach.

“We intend to broaden the foundation´s focus beyond just the large companies that have traditionally been our big supporters,” said Mazzo. “Small and mid-sized companies, which make up the majority of our industry, are important potential partners for the foundation.”

Mazzo knows his broader approach will present educational challenges.

ASCRS Foundation/TearLab Run for Sight Raises $34,000 for Charitable Eyecare

The second annual ASCRS Foundation/TearLab Run for Sight in Boston raised over $34,000 for the foundation´s ongoing humanitarian programs both here at home and in Ethiopia.

With Boston Harbor and the city skyline as a backdrop, over 400 runners registered for the 5 kilometer run and 1 mile walk on Boston´s Castle Island. Bart Jaeren of Murcia, Spain finished first overall with a time of 16:55.0 and Madeleine O´Meara of San Francisco and Katy Hatch of Boston led the way for the women with a time of 19:34.