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

Frequently Asked Questions

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)
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers (NE)
  • Minnesota Eye Foundation (MN)
  • Kansas University Eye Center (KS)
  • Samaritan Touch (FL)
  • We Care (FL)
  • And many individual ASCRS-member practices

Operation Sight Participating Surgeons


Balamurali Ambati, MD Leonardo Decannay, MD
Edwin Apenbrinck, MD Neel Desai, MD
Jeffrey Arnoult, MD Prajay Dhir, MD
Omar Awad, MD Delores Diaz, MD
Bill Barlow, MD Jesse A. Dovich, MD
Gary Barth, MD Alan Downie, MD
Steven Dunn, MD Louise Doyle, MD
Matthew Bedell, MD Michael Drinnan, MD
Dan Beers, MD Timothy Ehlen, MD
Charles Beischel, MD Daniel Eichenbaum, MD
Peter D. Bekendam, MD Samih Elchahal, MD
Miranda Bishara, MD Brad Elkins, MD
John Boatwright, MD Thomas Elmer, MD
Julie Boehm, MD Heath Ergas, MD
Patricia Buehler, MD Robert Fabricant, MD
Berdine Burger, MD Michael Farbowitz, MD
Glenn Campbell, MD Robert Feldman, MD
Kent Carlson, MD Mohammed ElMallah, MD
Ronald Caronia, MD Susan Fish, MD
Bruce Cassidy, MD Bret Fisher, MD
David Chang, MD Mike Ford, MD
Victor Chang, MD J. Brian Foster, MD
Alice Cheng-Bennett, MD Eric Fry, MD
Andrea S. Ching, MD Arthur Fu, MD
Lisa Cibik, MD Roger C. Furlong, MD
Robert Cionni, MD Trent L. Vande Garde, MD
William Clifford, MD Valerie Garden, MD
Sander Cohen, MD Daniel Glantz, MD
Michael Colvard, MD William Goodman, MD
Floyd Cornell, MD Lisa Graham, MD
Alan Crandall, MD Charity Grannis, MD
Charles Crane, MD Michael Greenwood, MD
Leonardo Dacanay, MD Charlene Grice, MD
Richard David, MD David Gross, DO
Jonathan Davidorf, MD Howard Gross, MD
Elizabeth Davis, MD Peter Gruenberg, MD
Peter Debry, MD Scott M. Guess


John Haines, MD Hilary Lerner, MD
Steven Hansen, MD Mark Monacha, MD
David Hardten, MD James G. Nachbar, MD
Jason Hendrix, MD Julio Narvaez, MD
Mila J. Heersink, MD Chad M. Nedrud, MD
Paul Herring, MD Heather Nesti, MD
Clay D. Holley, MD Thomas Newland, MD
Jeffrey Hong, MD, MBA John Nichols, MD
Lydia Hsu, MD Bryan Lee, MD
Kevin Hulseberg, MD David Letbetter, MD
Kerry Hunt, MD John Lim, MD
Judith Kirby, MD Amy Lin, MD
Jacek G. Kotowski, MD Sean Liston, MD
Christine Larsen, MD Jeffrey Liu, MD
Richard Lindstrom, MD David Ludwick, MD
Domenic Izzo, MD Gabriel Luna, MD
Adrian Jachens, MD Susan Macdonald, MD
Daniel Jenkins, MD Nick Mamalis, MD
Tyrie Jenkins, MD Bethany Markowitz, MD
James Jochum, MD William Marr, MD
Carol Johnston, MD Cathleen McCabe, MD
Kevin Jong, MD David P. McCann, MD
Zachary Joos, MD Scott Mcknight, MD
Curtis Jordan, MD Edward Meier, MD
Vijay Khetpal, MD Seth Meskin, MD
D. Brian Kim, MD Ken Miller, MD
Christian Kim, MD Bernard Milstein, MD
Jennifer Kim, MD Naureen Mizra-George, MD
Ravinderan Krishnan, MD Steven Montgomery, MD
John Kulze, MD Paul Munden, MD
Stephen Lane, MD James G. Nachbar, MD
Kelly Larkin, MD Julio Narvaez, MD
Bill Lee, MD Myhanh Nguyen, MD
James Lehmann, MD Timothy O’Boyle, MD
Jeffrey Lehmer, MD Richard Ou, MD
Monte Leidenix, MD Ken Otto, MD


Harry Pappas, MD Pankajkumar Shah, MD
Parag Parekh, MD Adeel Shaikh, MD
David Park, MD John Shin, MD
Ross Parks, MD Julius Shulman, MD
Reena Patel, MD Cary Silverman, MD
Larry Patterson, MD Snow Slade, MD
Matthew Perez, MD Kerry Solomon, MD
Jeff Pettey, MD Jay Starling, MD
Phelan Piehota, MD William Stewart, MD
Corinna Pokorny, MD John Sutphin, MD
Scott Pomerantz, MD John Swan, MD
Mitchell Porias, MD Stephen Tanaka, MD
Kristopher Pugh, MD Robert Taylor, MD
William Quayle, MD Justus Thomas, MD
Vadrevu K. Raju, MD Elaine Thung, MD
Matthew Ralstin, MD Brian Tienor, MD
Tushar Ranchod, MD Richard Tipperman, MD
E. Franklin Rawlings, MD Nadia Torres, MD
Tushina Reddy, MD Melissa Toyos, MD
Sherman Reeves, MD Rolando Toyos, MD
Robert Reuther, MD David Tremblay, MD
Robert Rice, MD Da-Thuy Van, MD
Trent Richards, MD Louis Verstringhe, MD
Patrick Riedel, MD Catherine Wang, MD
Mark Rolain, MD Andy Watkins, MD
Justin Roman, MD Charles Weber, MD
Richmond E. Roseke, MD Arthur Weinstein, MD
Kenneth Rosenthal, MD Robert Weinstock, MD
Jahangir Sadeghi, MD Stephen Weinstock, MD
Andrew Salem, MD Dan Whipple, MD
Thomas Samuelson, MD Jeffrey Whitman, MD
Poorab Sangani, MD Nahnoli Williams, MD
Wagih Satar, MD John Wood, MD
Leslie Scarlett, MD Elizabeth Yeu, MD
Stephen Scoper, MD Joshua Young, MD
Maria Scott, MD Fiaz Zaman, MD
Sonja Schluter, MD Brian Zaugg, MD
Jahangir Sedeghi, MD Stewart 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.