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ASCRS Foundation May Newsletter

During the current uncertainty, the ASCRS Foundation hopes that you are well and safe. We remain grateful for our community for their continued support of our domestic and international initiatives to prevent cataract blindness. It is in these times of crisis that we are reminded of the true meaning of unity and commitment, and despite the current challenge, we celebrate our collective impact with gratitude.


In April, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Foundation launched a digital campaign, "Here’s to You", across its Twitter and LinkedIn platforms. The campaign recognized and commended those volunteers who support the Foundation’s mission year-round. We remain humbled by those who serve on committees and in leadership roles, and volunteer through Operation Sight, the Foundation’s domestic charitable cataract surgery program. Their compassion, expertise, and dedication make our mission achievable.

Until we can resume this life-changing work, we hope you will revisit the celebration through the Foundation’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and check out the posts recognizing our phenomenal volunteers!


The Operation Sight volunteer network fuels our mission to provide thousands of patients in need with charitable cataract surgery. We are grateful for the life-changing work of all our volunteer practices.

We recognize those who completed over 50 charitable cataract surgeries in 2019-2020:

Center for Sight
Cornerstone Charitable Clinic
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Eye Surgeons of Richmond
Hamilton Eye Institute Surgery Center
Houston Eye Associates Foundation
I Care San Antonio Vision Center
Operation Access
Operation Sight, SC
Servants for Sight

We continue to screen patients and accept applications during this time. We anticipate the number of patients who will qualify for Operation Sight to dramatically increase as the unemployment rate rises across the country. For many patients, surgery will give them not only the gift of sight, but the key to regaining employment to provide for their families. Should you know of a patient who may qualify, please refer them to our patient information page.


The Foundation needs both the support of individual and industry to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We are grateful for the following corporations and foundations for their continued support during this unprecedented time. We are grateful for their unwavering philanthropic commitment to our mission and to the ophthalmology community:

Diamond Partners
The Allergan Foundation
Carl Zeiss Meditec

Platinum Partners
The Alcon Foundation
Johnson & Johnson Vision
STAAR Surgical

Gold Partner
Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Click here for a complete listing of the donors who help make our mission possible.


The 2020 Resident Excellence Award recognizes grantees for their strong performance in research, patient care, leadership and education. We celebrate the dedication and ambition these outstanding residents bring ophthalmology. The 2020 and 2021 awards are generously supported by Steven Safran, MD. Congratulations to the 2020 Resident Excellence Award recipients:

Kelley Bohm, MD
Karine Bojikian, MD, PhD
Allison Chen, MD, MPH
Giancarlo Garcia, MD
Mark Goerlitz-Jessen, MD
Brent Kramer, MD
Tracy Krick, MD
Donovan Reed, MD
Eric Weinlander, MD
Caroline Wilson, MD


Donations to the ASCRS Foundation can be made in tribute of those you love. Whether you are honoring a colleague, celebrating a graduate or making a donation in memory of a loved one, a donation in their honor is a special gift. Gifts can be made online by clicking here and selecting the checkbox "this gift is in honor, memory or support of someone." An acknowledgement will be sent to the recipient of your tribute. For more information on making a gift, please contact Molly Gascoigne,

We are sending our thoughts to you during this time and look forward to continuing to change lives once we are all able. We will all get through this together.


The ASCRS Foundation

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