Operation Sight National Sight Week

ASCRS Foundation to lead National Sight Week initiative (October 24–28).

National Sight Week is a week-long celebration of volunteerism, during which members of the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight network are encouraged to contribute one or more charitable cataract surgeries in their own communities. The ASCRS Foundation will work to match needy, eligible patients with volunteer surgeons, and will provide a financial stipend for each surgery completed. In addition, the foundation will mount a national and local media campaign to highlight the work done by Operation Sight volunteers in their communities.

Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s domestic charitable cataract surgery program. Its mission is to assist uninsured American patients who can’t obtain cataract care on their own. By leveraging the combined strength of established charitable organizations along with ASCRS-member volunteer surgeons, Operation Sight provides needed care to those unable to access or afford surgery.

Stephen Lane, MD co-chair of the ASCRS Foundation and Director of the Operation Sight initiative, explains: “We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos of cataract blinded patients in the developing world, 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 cataract patients who lack private insurance and are not eligible for government care.”

The National Sight Week effort hopes to broaden the growing Operation Sight network and address a nationwide backlog of indigent or uninsured cataract patients across the United States. Surgeons are encouraged to join the Operation Sight network and be matched with one or more needy patients.

“The ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight initiative offers a solution for Americans in need by enabling ASCRS eye surgeon members to perform charitable cataract surgeries in their own communities with administrative and financial support from the ASCRS Foundation,” says Dr. Lane.

For more information on National Sight Week or questions on becoming a volunteer surgeon please contact Evelyn Morales at 703-591-2220 or by email at emorales@ascrs.org.