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Operation sight Volunteers

Volunteer with Operation Sight

You can help end treatable cataract blindness in the U.S. for those who cannot access or afford care. Become an Operation Sight Volunteer today!

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 be in touch with more information.
  2. Patient Applies for Care: We take responsibility for pre-qualifying patients and completing paperwork 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 where cataract surgery has been deemed medically necessary.
  • 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

National Sight Week: Step Up for Sight!

Each October, National Sight Week celebrates the impact of volunteerism on the lives of thousands of patients across the country. This year, Operation Sight proudly introduces its 5th National Sight Week, “Step Up for Sight”, which will be held October 18-24, 2020.

Step Up for Sight is a call for current and future volunteers to get involved with Operation Sight during the week or all month long. With the economic effects of the pandemic, applicants are expressing financial distress, loss of employment and insurance. The need has never been greater for the ophthalmology power to harness its collective power and change lives!

Here's how you can get involved during National Sight Week:

  • Step Up and Give Sight! Your practice can provide charitable cataract surgeries during National Sight Week or the month of October. There will be opportunities to remove patients from the Operation Sight wait list.
  • Step Up and Refer! Know of a colleague that can give sight in an area of need? Refer your colleague to register with Operation Sight. Your power to spread the word about volunteering with Operation Sight is vital in growing our reach.
  • Step Up and Share! Share a memorable patient story with us at info@ascrsfoundation.org no later than October 7, 2020 and we’ll showcase your impact! There is immense power in sharing how you have changed a patient's life through Operation Sight.

Check back soon for updates and resources on National Sight Week!

For more information or questions about Operation Sight or National Sight Week, contact:
Jaya Minhas, Program Manager


Meet Our Volunteers

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Operation Sight Volunteers!

Neeti Alapati, MD

Larry P. Alexander, MD

Zahra Ali, MD

Jeffrey Arnoult, MD

Ephraim S. Atwal, MD

Brandon Baartman, MD

Andrew K. Bailey, MD

Brock K. Bakewell, MD

Ken R. Barba, MD

Kevin Barber, MD

William Bearden, MD

Dan J. Beers, MD

John M. Bell, MD

Erin Benjamin, DO

John G. Boatwright, MD

Whitney Boling, MD

Richard C. Boling, MD

Cynthia Bradford, MD

Reagan Bradford, MD

Daniel Brugger, MD

Matthew Brumm, MD

Walter Bundy, MD

Berdine M. Burger, MD

Robert G. Burlingame, MD

Glenn C. Campbell, MD

Kent Carlson, MD

James A. Carolan, MD

Lauren A. Caston, MD

Mary Champion, MD

David F. Chang, MD

Victor Chang, MD

Kristin Chapman, MD

Jason A. Chiappetta, MD

Joyce E. Choe, MD

Y. Ralph Chu, MD

Chia-Kai Chu, MD

Kai Chu, MD

Robert and Helen J. Cionni, MD

James Combs, MD

Geoffrey G. Cooper, MD

Leonardo Dacanay, MD

Peter DeBry, MD

Jocelyn Del Carmen, MD

Prajay Dhir, MD

Dolores Diaz, MD

Michael P. Donahoe, MD

Jing Dong, MD

Katherine Jackson Donnithorne, MD

Carol Drake, MD

Kristen Duncan, MD

Adam R. Easterling, MD

Bryan Edgington, MD

John Eitzen, MD

Samih Elchahal, MD

Brad Elkins, MD

Michael J. Endl, MD

Heath Ergas, MD

Christopher Estopinal, MD

Johannes Evans, MD

Alan R. Faulkner, MD

Moss Fenberg, MD

Brian Firestone, MD

Susan K. Fish, MD

William Flynn, MD

John B. Foster, MD

Becky J. Fredrickson, MD, PhD

James Freeman, MD

Jyotsom B. Ganatra, MD

Valerie Garden, MD

Samuel N. Garrett, MD

J. Pitzer Gills, III, MD

Donald Glaser, MD

Layne Goetzinger, MD

Daniel Gold, MD

Daniel F. Goodman, MD

Charity Grannis, MD

Emily Graves, MD

Michael Greenwood, MD

Michael D. Griess, MD

Jennifer Grin, MD

Allison Gunzburg, MD

Andrew E. Hack, MD

Tara Hahn, MD

Stephen M. Hamilton, MD

Joseph G. Harman, MD

Ben Harvey, MD

Kurt F. Heitman, MD

Paul M. Herring, MD

Ralph Hester, MD

Daniel R. Holland, MD

Kourtney Houser, MD

David W. Jackson, MD

Emily Jacobs, MD

Brian R. Johnson, MD

Carol A. Johnston, MD

Ethnie Jones, MD

Kevin Y. Jong, MD

Mahmoud Khaimi, MD

Sherif Khalil, MD

Dohoo Kim, MD

Joshua Kim, MD

Daniel Y. Kim, MD

Carolyn E. Kloek, MD

Robert M. Knape, MD

Peter Knowlton, MD

Helen Koenigsman, MD

Douglas Kohl, MD

Timmy A. Kovoor, MD

Seth R. Krawitz, MD

Lance J. Kugler, MD

Usha Kumar, MD

Chris Kurz, MD

Francis A. La Rosa, MD

Scott E. LaBorwit, MD

Byron Ladd, MD

William J. Lahners, MD

Robert M. Lee, MD

Bryan Lee, JD, MD

James D. Lehmann, MD

Jeffrey H. Levenson, MD

John Lim, MD

Jeffrey Liu, MD

Jeffrey C. Liu, MD

David M. Loewy, MD

Robert Lyons, MD

Christina Mamalis, MD

Jordan Masters, MD

Frank W. McDonald, MD

Read F. McGehee, III, MD

Haile Meron, MD

Kenneth Miller, MD

Bernard A. Milstein, MD

Jason Much, MD

Matthew D. Neale, MD

Thomas Newland, MD

Daniel Ofori, MD

Constance O. Okeke, MD

Richard Ou, MD

Gregory J. Panzo, MD

Joseph L. Parisi, MD

Sirichai Pasadhika, MD

Michael Patterson, DO

Isabella Phan, MD

Mitchell Porias, DO

Kristopher R. Pugh, MD

William H. Quayle, MD

Anjulie Quick, MD

Wade Reardon, MD

Robert Reuther, MD

Kamran M. Riaz, MD

Robert A. Rice, MD

Trent Richards, MD

Christopher Ricks, MD

Grover Robinson, MD

Justin Roman, MD, MS

Michael Saidel, MD

Stephen V. Scoper, MD

Samir A. Shah, MD, MS

Vinay A. Shah, MD

Ruchi D. Shah, MD

Adeel Shaikh, MD

Aly Sherlay, MD

David W. Shoemaker, MD

Rhea L. Siatkowski, MD

Cary M. Silverman, MD

Jeffrey H. Slott, MD

Kerry D. Solomon, MD

William L. Soscia, MD

J. David Stephens, MD

W. Colby Stewart, MD, FACS

Douglas W. Stokes, MD

Glenn H. Strauss, MD

Mike Stuntz, MD

Tom H. Sun, MD

John E. Sutphin, MD

Russell Swan, MD

Daniel Terveen, MD

Justus W. Thomas, MD

Elaine G. Thung, MD

Edmund W. Trice, MD

Trent L. Vande Garde, MD

Aarthi Vinca, MD

Mark C. Vital, MD

Robert J. Weinstock, MD

Damon E. Welch, MD

Abraham White, MD

Jeffrey Whitman, MD

Bradley Williams, Sr., MD

Jeffrey A. Wipfli, MD

Anne B. Wishna, MD

Theodore T. Wu, MD, PhD

Henry Wynn, MD

Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Sun Young Lee, MD

Fiaz Zaman, MD

Zachary J. Zavodni, MD

Stewart L. Zuckerbrod, MD

Volunteer Spotlight: Reena N. Patel, MD

Operation Sight patient Barry Lewis explains “Dr. Patel saved more than just my eyesight. Dr. Patel and her staff saved my ability to live in this world. Not to be overly dramatic, but I was going blind.” Barry applied to the Operation Sight program after learning he had severe cataracts. Uninsured and unemployed at the time, Barry had no way of paying for the surgery. In a desperate search for help a friend of Barry’s found the Operation Sight program during a Google search and helped Barry apply.

Once approved, Barry was matched with volunteer surgeon Reena Patel, MD, at Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita, Kansas. “It was exciting to get my office staff and surgery center staff involved in the process. We had a poster and brochures in our office, and a lot of patients were curious and asked about the Operation Sight program. They were excited to learn we were offering this service to patients in need and some even referred patients.

Here is Dr. Patel's advice for those thinking about becoming an Operation Sight volunteer: ”Remember why you chose this profession. To help people. The joy I receive from watching these patients and seeing the positive impact I have on their lives reminds me why I chose to get into medicine. There is so much that we juggle daily, and we get mired down by regulations, EMR, support staff, and a thousand other things that are not necessarily why we went into ophthalmology. My Operation Sight patients remind me that we are so fortunate to be able to make a direct impact in someone’s life in a short amount of time. Being involved with Operation Sight won’t slow you down. In fact, I believe it will make you love your job even more."

Dr. Patel explains, “as one individual, how can I make a difference that can impact a life and do some good? If I can help just one more person see better, that person can be a productive citizen, can help their family, which can help my community, which can turn into a snowball effect.”

Operation Sight Volunteer Resources

Patient Information

Share Your Stories With Us

  • We're interested in your stories! Share stories of grateful patients or your volunteer experience with the Foundation team! Email us at info@ascrsfoundation.org or tag us 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
  • Request custom graphics to help promote your practice's participating on social media
  • Post on social media! Tag the ASCRS Foundation on Twitter (@ASCRSFoundation, @ASCRStweets @ASOAtweets) or LinkedIn (ASCRS Foundation) or ASCRS Facebook and use our hashtags #NationalSightWeek #Operation Sight

Participate in National Sight Week

  • National Sight Week will be held October 18-24, 2020
  • Download a press release template about participating in National Sight Week (pre-event or post-event) - 2020 details coming soon

Support Operation Sight

  • Add a link to our donation page (www.ascrsfoundation.org/donate) to your practice's website.
  • Contact us if you would like to setup a personalized fundraising page, branded for your practice, to benefit Operation Sight. We will send you free custom business cards with your practice and fundraising page listed to give to potential donors.

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