March 2015




ASCRS Update

ASCRS Foundations Operation Sight Network completes 100th surgery

by Abbie Elliott ASCRS•ASOA Communications Manager


Truck driver Kevin Scow lost his commercial drivers license due to cataracts. He was treated at 2 different charity surgery days and was able to return to his career.

Source: John A. Moran Eye Center

Making good on its domestic humanitarian care plans, the ASCRS Foundations Operation Sight Network completed its 100th charitable cataract surgery in December 2014.

Launched in August 2014, Operation Sights prime objective is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the United States by providing care to those unable to access or afford surgery. For many Americans who lack private insurance or are ineligible for government care, the visual impairment from cataracts leads to a significant decrease in quality of life. With an aging Baby Boomer population, the problem of cataracts is only expected to grow. Good vision plays a basic role in health and quality of life, said Randall J. Olson, MD, chair and CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, a charter Operation Sight Network partner. We want to help everyone who needs it, not just those who can afford it. Operation Sight draws from a network of established charitable organizations and ASCRS member volunteer surgeons to deliver its care. The program offers the advantage of a centralized approach that brings together organizations and surgeons interested in providing humanitarian care. At the same time, it centralizes patient processing and provides the necessary financial support to offset the cost of charitable care. While many ophthalmologists are interested in charitable surgery, they are often unsure how to proceed. Operation Sight addresses that problem by providing the personnel and resources to help ophthalmologists meet many of the challenges that come with offering charitable care. Its services range from helping ophthalmologists identify needy patients in their communities and processing paperwork, to delivering fully vetted patients to practices for surgery and providing a financial stipend to participating surgeons.

We were excited when the ASCRS Foundation approached us about a partnership, Dr. Olson said. It brings so much more attention, financial assistance, and volunteer resources to the problem of preventable blindness in the U.S. Go to for more information.

Attend the ASCRS Opening General Session on April 18 from 10:0011:45 a.m. to hear more about the ASCRS Foundations work and how you can get involved.

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