ASCRS Foundation: Improving the World's Vision
The ASCRS Foundation delivers humanitarian eye care to those who need it most in the United States and abroad.
More than 85 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Globally, cataracts are the second leading cause of visual impairment and the leading cause of preventable blindness in the developing world.
The ASCRS Foundation supports physician education and provides humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and overseas. Through its programs and partnerships, the Foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of patients in need each year.
The Foundation's US-based charitable cataract surgery program serves financially vulnerable, uninsured Americans who cannot afford or access care. These members of our own communities often rely on others to complete daily tasks, and if left untreated, risk debilitating vision loss. To date, Operation Sight has delivered more than 4,200 surgeries through a nationwide network of volunteer surgeons committed to caring for those with no other options.
International Humanitarian Eye Care & Education
The ASCRS Foundation seeks to address not just individual cases of cataract blindness, but to fight the root cause: the shortage of eye surgeons in the developing world. The solution is two-fold: create world-class medical centers where efficient doctors can establish a presence, like the Sinskey Eye Institute; and secondly to focus on education—raising the local standards for both patient care and physician training. The Foundation is working in multiple countries to effect a lasting change in the battle against needless cataract blindness.
Restoring Sight Together
The Foundation's mission is fueled by a network of volunteers who possess unique skills that can restore sight to those most in need. The Foundation is also dedicated to providing the education and assistance necessary to improve surgical care as a means for addressing global cataract blindness and making a difference in the lives and communities of those that need it most.
Heart for Humanity- 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree Announced
In 2020, the ASCRS Foundation is honored to bestow the Chang Humanitarian Award on a man who has given over sixty-years of his life to the cause of sight in West Africa: Dr. Lowell Gess. Possessing a quiet and gentle spirit, Dr. Gess’ humanitarian journey began before he even chose ophthalmology. And now a half-century later, his namesake eye hospital in the Sierra Leone stands as testament to his life’s work.Learn More
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Fueling the Mission
The ASCRS Foundation is thankful for the leaders, donors and volunteers working to improve physician education and preventable cataract blindness. We are grateful to all those who donate their time, talent and funding to support the Foundation's ongoing humanitarian eyecare and education programs.
Last year, ASCRS Foundation programs served more than 25,000 patients in need in the United States and abroad.
Our nationwide network of nearly 500 volunteers, have delivered more than 4,200 charitable cataract surgeries via Operation Sight.
"Foundation supporters are saving and changing lives. You prevent blindness. You give hope where there was none to begin with."
Kimberly, Operation Sight Patient
"I was blind for 9 years and now I can see. I have been born again!"
Aster, sinskey eye institute patient