Center For Sight, one of the nation’s leading ophthalmology practices, is now accepting applications for free cataract surgeries through the Mission Cataract program, in partnership with the ASCRS Foundation and Operation Sight. Mission Cataract is an annual event where Center For Sight performs 100 free surgeries for individuals who have no health insurance or other means to pay for treatment.
There is no way to prevent cataract formation; a condition where the lens of the eye becomes clouded and eventually results in vision loss. Surgical treatment is necessary to replace the clouded lens and restore lost sight.
Potential Mission Cataract patients are encouraged to download an application at www.CFSfoundation.org, or call 941-480-2143 for application information. The submission deadline is April 20, 2018. Surgery dates for Mission Cataract 2018 will be scheduled in July at Center For Sight’s state-of-the-art AAAHC-accredited surgery center in Sarasota.
To qualify for treatment through Mission Cataract, potential patients:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or resident alien (green card)
- Cannot have insurance or be enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid
- Must be living at or below the poverty guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Center For Sight has been performing surgeries through Mission Cataract for over 20 years. Dr. David Shoemaker, Founder and Director of Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery at Center For Sight, along with cataract surgeons William J. Lahners, M.D., Joshua W. Kim, M.D., and William L. Soscia, M.D., perform the free surgeries each year. The Center For Sight surgeons and their team of optometric physicians, nurse anesthetists, medical technicians and administrative staff donate their time and expertise to the cause.