Operation Sight | ASCRS

Operation Sight

Our Work in the United States

Operation Sight, the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S. based charitable cataract surgery program, was launched in 2014 to serve 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 5,000 surgeries through a nationwide network of volunteer surgeons committed to caring for those who could not otherwise afford life-changing surgery.

Patient Qualification Process

For more detailed information, please visit our Patient Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Patient Inquiry Form: The inquiry form is the first step of the screening process to determine patient eligibility. Once you submit your inquiry form, you will be contacted within 7-10 business days via email regarding your eligibility. 
  2. Patient Application: If your information meets the requirements, you will be asked to complete a more detailed application and provide additional documentation. You will be contacted within 7-10 business days after your complete application has been submitted and reviewed.
  3. Acceptance: If approved, we do our best to match you with an Operation Sight volunteer in your area. Acceptance to Operation Sight does not guarantee surgery and there is no set timeframe for when an approved applicant will receive surgery. We strive to provide accessible care in the home communities of eligible patients.
Patient Inquiry Form

Who Qualifies?

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

  • Must be at or below the 200% of the Federal Poverty Level defined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Documentation of household income and dependents must be provided.
  • Must be uninsured or underinsured where 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 permanently reside in the United States. Applicants who are temporarily visiting do not qualify for the program.
Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer with Operation Sight

Operation Sight is powered by a nationwide network of volunteer surgeons and their colleagues from ASCRS and other established organizations. Our volunteers are committed to caring for those who could not otherwise afford life-changing cataract surgery. Learn more about the Operation Sight volunteer experience, meet our volunteers and get involved today!

Operation Sight Volunteer Information

This program could change my life and allow me to regain my independence. You are helping those who do not have the resources to help themselves. 
Operation Sight Patient Awaiting Surgery, Harrison, TX

"You are helping the less fortunate to have a healthy and fulfilling life. It is a blessing to have others help those who are most in need."

"The gift of sight is a wonderful thing. I know I'm going to appreciate my new-found eye sight if I'm lucky enough to be chosen."

Our Operation Sight Partners

We are thankful for the partnership of these organizations who help support Operation Sight. In addition to these organizations, we have hundreds of volunteers nationwide who make Operation Sight possible. Be sure to visit our volunteer list and to get involved!

AMSURG (Nationwide)

Center for Sight (Florida)

Clearwater Free Clinic (Florida)

Cornerstone Charitable Cataract Clinic (Texas)

Dean McGee Eye Institute (Oklahoma)

Eyes on America (New York)

Hawaiian Eye Foundation (Hawaii)

Kansas University Eye Center (Kansas)

Minnesota Eye Foundation (Minnesota)

Moran Eye Center (Utah)

Northern Virginia Eye Surgery Center (Virginia)

OneWorld Community Health Centers (Nebraska)

Operation Access (California)

Operation Saving Sight (Georgia)

Operation Sight (South Carolina)

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (Oregon)

Remote Area Medical (Nationwide)

Samaritan Touch (Florida)

St. George's Eye Center (Utah)

Servants for Sight (South Carolina)

Surgery on Sunday (Kentucky)

Surgical Care Affiliates

Surgicare Center of Utah (Utah)

University Hospitals (Ohio)

UT Hamilton Eye Institute (Tennessee)

Vision Care USA (New York)

Vision Harvest (New Jersey)

We Care (Florida)

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