Operation Sight

We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos of illness or disease in the developing world—the need is immense. But many forget that there is a similar need right here at home.

Although they often go unnoticed, many poor Americans still fall outside the traditional safety
nets. The future is especially bleak for those cataract patients who lack private insurance and are ineligible for government care.

Vision loss from cataract has a tremendous impact on those living in poverty. The economic and cultural stigmas associated with poor vision greatly limits employment and educational opportunities. And when family members of the visually impaired become caretakers, their economic future is also jeopardized.

The ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program offers a solution for Americans in need.

For Patients

Submit an Operation Sight Charitable Cataract Surgery Patient Inquiry Form

For Surgeons:

Submit an Operation Sight Volunteer Surgeon Registration Form

Info Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions


Our Mission

Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S.-based charitable cataract surgery program. Its mission is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the United States. 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.

How does it work?

Operation Sight centralizes patient processing and provides the financial support necessary to offset the cost of charitable care. Many ophthalmologists are interested in charitable surgery, but are unsure just how to begin. Operation Sight offers the personnel and resources needed to:

  • Identify patients in your community
  • Collect and complete the significant paperwork associated with a charitable case
  • Schedule the pre-op exams
  • Deliver a fully vetted patient to your practice for surgery
  • Provide a financial stipend to help offset the cost of providing care

Our Network

The Operation Sight network includes established charitable organizations and ASCRS member volunteer surgeons. Whether treating many patients or just one, the members of the Operation Sight network have a direct, positive impact on the lives of those in their community.

Our growing network includes:

  • Operation Sight (SC)
  • Moran Eye Center (UT)
  • University Hospitals (OH)
  • Operation Access (CA)
  • Surgical Care Affiliates
  • AMSURG (Nationwide)
  • Vision Harvest (NJ)
  • And many individual ASCRS-member practices

Operation Sight Participating Surgeons

Balamurali Ambati, MD
Jeffrey Arnoult, MD
Bill Barlow, MD
Gary Barth, MD
Dan Beers, MD
Charles Beischel, MD
John Boatwright, MD
Berdine Burger, MD
Victor Chang, MD
Alice Cheng-Bennett, MD
Robert Cionni, MD
Alan Crandall, MD
Prajay Dhir, MD
Delores Diaz, MD
Alan Downie, MD
Michael Drinnan, MD
Steven Dunn, MD
Samih Elchahal, MD
Heath Ergas, MD
Michael Farbowitz, MD
Susan Fish, MD
Arthur Fu, MD
Roger Furlong, MD
Valerie Garden, MD
Daniel Glantz, MD
Charlene Grice, MD
Jason Hendrix, MD
Paul Herring, MD
Lydia Hsu, MD
Adrian Jachens, MD
Daniel Jenkins, MD
Tyrie Jenkins, MD
Carol Johnston, MD
Kevin Jong, MD
Zachary Joos, MD
Christian Kim, MD
John Kulze, MD
Stephen Lane, MD
Kelly Larkin, MD
Bill Lee, MD
James Lehmann, MD
Jeffrey Lehmer, MD
Hilary Lerner, MD
Amy Lin, MD
Jeffrey Liu, MD
Nick Mamalis, MD
Ken Miller, MD
Bernard Milstein, MD
Naureen Mizra-George, MD
Thomas Newland, MD
Richard Ou, MD
David Park, MD
Jeff Pettey, MD
Corinna Pokorny, MD
Scott Pomerantz, MD
Mitchell Porias, MD
William Quayle, MD
Matthew Ralstin, MD
Robert Reuther, MD
Robert Rice, MD
Trent Richards, MD
Poorab Sangani, MD
Leslie Scarlett, MD
Sonja Schluter, MD
Jahangir Sedeghi, MD
John Shin, MD
Cary Silverman, MD
Snow Slade, MD
Kerry Solomon, MD
William Stewart, MD
Stephen Tanaka, MD
Justus Thomas, MD
Elaine Thung, MD
Brian Tienor, MD
David Tremblay, MD
Da-Thuy Van, MD
Andy Watkins, MD
Charles Weber, MD
Nahnoli Williams, MD
Fiaz Zaman, MD
Brian Zaugg, MD
Stewartt Zuckerbrod, MD

Your Part

Additional ASCRS-member volunteer surgeons are needed to expand the Operation Sight network across the United States. To become a member of the Operation Sight network, simply call the ASCRS Foundation at (703) 591-2220 or email info@ascrsfoundation.org.

Submit an Operation Sight Volunteer Surgeon Registration Form.