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.
Operation Sight Information for Patients
2021 Premiere Partner Spotlight - STAAR Surgical
“STAAR is honored and proud to partner with the ASCRS Foundation in helping patients and ophthalmic physicians achieve the visual freedom they desire and deserve.”
Caren Mason, President & CEO
STAAR Surgical is a 2021 Premiere Partner of the ASCRS Foundation, continuing their long-time commitment to the ASCRS Foundation. Their leadership and support helps to make our mission possible. We are incredibly grateful for their commitment to changing lives. We spoke with STAAR about their work and their generous, long-term commitment to our work. Click here to read the interview or visit www.staar.com to learn more.
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 6,300 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.
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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.
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Last year, ASCRS Foundation programs served more than 26,000 patients in need in the United States and abroad.
Our nationwide network of 670 volunteers have delivered over 6,300 charitable cataract surgeries via Operation Sight.
"I was blind for 9 years and now I can see. I have been born again!"
Aster, sinskey eye institute patient