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Operation sight Volunteers

Volunteer with Operation Sight

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Operation Sight. You can help end treatable cataract blindness in the U.S. for those who cannot access or afford care. Operation Sight is fueled by a nationwide network of passionate volunteers who help those most in need. We are grateful for their commitment to improving the world's vision by helping Operation Sight patients who might otherwise go without care. 

Please complete the Volunteer Surgeon Registration form and a member of our team will be in touch with more information. We ask all volunteers to review and sign our Volunteer Agreement as part of the registration process.

Important Note for Administrators: If you do not have the legal authority to sign documentation on behalf of your doctors, please email sduval@ascrs.org to register your practice.

For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact sduval@ascrs.org or call 703-788-5786.


Register As An Operation Sight Volunteer

Operation Sight Volunteer Process

Our goal is to make it simple for you to volunteer and change lives. Here's an overview of how our process works.

  1. Register to Be a Volunteer: Complete the Volunteer Form to register as an Operation Sight volunteer. Our team will reach out with more information.
  2. Patient Applies for Care: We take responsibility for pre-qualifying patients, completing paperwork, and managing all communication throughout the application, approval, and matching processes to reduce the burden on our volunteers. For more detailed information on this process, please visit our Patient Frequently Asked Questions. 
  3. Match: We match pre-qualified patients with a registered Operation Sight volunteer surgeon in their area. Volunteers can then choose to accept the patient's case based on the information provided.
  4. Charitable Surgery: Volunteers work with the patient and complete the charitable surgery.
  5. Documentation: Once surgery is complete, documentation is returned to the Foundation.
Register as an Operation Sight Volunteer

Patient Qualification

Here are the qualifications patients need to meet to be eligible for Operation Sight:

  • Must be at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Level defined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Documentation of household income and dependents must be provided.
  • Must be uninsured or underinsured when insurance does not cover cataract surgery. Patients who receive Medicare Part B are ineligible. The program does not pay or assist with copays.
  • Must have a formal cataract diagnosis within the past 24 months, where cataract surgery has been deemed medically necessary. Bilateral vision correctable to 20/40 or below is not deemed as medically necessary, unless otherwise noted.
  • Must be permanently residing in the United States. Applicants who are temporarily visiting do not qualify for the program.

Should your practice receive a direct request for charitable cataract surgery, you may refer the patient to Operation Sight for review and pre-qualification. Please direct them to our Patient Inquiry Form.

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer of the Year Spotlight

“I think we all have that desire to help people. I think that’s why most of us went into medicine. I think Operation Sight really provides the way for us to do that easily. Operation Sight provides a lot of legwork that might be a barrier to volunteering.”

Andrew Kao, MD, practices at Empire Eye and Laser Center in Bakersfield, California, and also performs surgery at the Advanced Center for Eyecare (ACE, a nonprofit in that area). Being originally from this area, he knows the community and the needs of patients that he sees on a daily basis. Dr. Kao was drawn to humanitarian work from early on in his career.

Dr. Kao was recognized as the 2024 Operation Sight Volunteer of the Year. He became involved with Operation Sight several years ago. He continues to work to provide charitable cataract surgery through Operation Sight, and other charitable ophthalmic surgery with ACE.


Resources for You

Operation Sight volunteers power our program and have helped nearly 10,000 people see clearly. We want to make your participation in the program as easy and rewarding as possible. This page houses the top resources for our volunteers. Don’t see what you are looking for or have a recommendation on an additional resource? Contact us.

Operation Sight Contact Information:

Volunteer Resources

Patient Information

Share Your Stories With Us

We're interested in your stories! Share testimonies of grateful patients or your volunteer experience with the Foundation team! Email us at  sduval@ascrs.org or tag us @ascrsfoundation in your social media posts! Your stories may be featured in upcoming Foundation highlights.

Promote Your Participation

  • Download our Operation Sight volunteer badge of honor to display in your office
  • Download an Operation Sight Patient Resource to share with referring medical practices and organizations (customizable version available here)
  • Post on social media! Tag the ASCRS Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter (@ASCRSFoundation) use our hashtags #Operation Sight

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