Evergreen Eye Center surgeons join Operation Sight’s quest to end cataract blindness.
Cataracts are the age-related clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens, causing progressive vision impairment, reduced capability and quality of life, and ultimately total vision loss. A normal process of aging, cataracts affect about 24 million Americans, or roughly 17 percent of the population over age 40, according to the National Eye Institute (National Institutes of Health).
Making cataract surgery free to people in need.
Because they are age-related, cataracts affect people’s eyesight without regard for ethnicity, geography, demographics, income level or insurance coverage. With surgery as the only treatment, many individuals with cataracts are unable to afford or access the care they need.
That’s why Evergreen Eye Center is pleased and proud that its surgeons are active participants in Operation Sight. Operation Sight is the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s charitable program in which eye surgeons perform cataract surgery at no cost to these needy patients.
“We’re very excited to be able to help people in this way,“ said Evergreen Eye Center’s Dr. Robert A. Tester. “Participating as volunteer cataract surgeons in Operation Sight allows us to bring state-of-the-art, highly skilled cataract surgery — and improved vision and quality of life — to more people. This is our purpose as eye physicians,” Tester added, “and it certainly includes people for whom access or payment are out of reach.”
About Evergreen Eye Center.
Evergreen Eye Center is a leader in medical and surgical eyecare in Puget Sound. EEC surgeons are pioneers in cataract surgery in the region, having introduced microincisional treatment, then bladeless laser cataract surgery and, most recently, dropless cataract surgery. In addition, our ophthalmologists are committed to the highest levels of patient-centered care, including making eyecare as comfortable, quick and low-impact as possible through today’s most advanced technologies and procedures.
About Operation Sight.
Operation Sight is the charitable cataract surgery program of the American Society for Cataracts and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Operation Sight’s mission is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the US. It does this by combining the help of charitable organizations with the surgical skill of volunteer ASCRS-member ophthalmologists to provide cataract surgery to people who are otherwise unable to afford or access it.
About the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. The ASCRS’ mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons. It pursues this mission by providing clinical and practice-management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care.
For more information, contact Evergreen Eye Center at 1-800-340-3595.