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ASCRS Foundation 2020 September Newsletter


The ASCRS Foundation has a busy Fall planned. We've seen a dramatic uptick in the need for our charitable programs resulting from the economic, employment and insurance impacts of the pandemic.

Through your support and that of our partners, we have been able to continue delivering the Foundation's humanitarian eyecare and physician education programs. Working together, we've changed lives during this most challenging period.


Endowed by a generous gift from David & Victoria Chang, the ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work in the area of cataract blindness. The recipient is recognized at the ASCRS Annual Meeting and a $50,000 prize is made in their honor to a charitable ophthalmology organization of their choice. The deadline for nominations is October 15. For more information or to submit your nomination, please click here.


What does regaining sight mean to you? "Everything" – Operation Sight Patient

National Sight Week is three weeks away and our volunteers are Stepping Up to Give Sight! Operation Sight has seen a 78% increase in patient inquiries resulting from the economic, employment and insurance crisis related to the pandemic. As our waiting list expands, we need your help to meet the growing demand.

There’s still time to join your fellow members and get involved with National Sight Week:

  • Step Up and Give Sight
  • Step Up and Refer
  • Step Up and Share

For more information, click here or contact Jaya Minhas at today!


The ASCRS Foundation is excited to release a new video series featuring the 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantee Cohort.


Keri Allen, MD (video, bio)
Priya Mathews, MD, MPH (video, bio)
Milad Modabber, MD, M.Sc., FRCSC (video, bio)
Yusra Siddiqui, MD (video, bio)
Erin Sieck, MD (video, bio)

The Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eyecare on a long-term basis. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its global partners, recipients develop a customized plan which provides the opportunity to learn the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts and to participate first-hand.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant. The application period is September 21, 2020 - November 16, 2020 (closing at 5pm Eastern), and is open to ASCRS members who are third-year residents, fellows, or members in their first five years of practice.

Given the current global pandemic and the restrictions on travel, the format for this grant cycle has changed. The grant will provide up to $5,000 in funding for grantees to initiate a global service project in 2021 from home, with the opportunity to travel when it is safe and feasible – most likely by December 2022. For more information or to apply today, click here.


Save the Date for Giving Tuesday! On December 1, 2020, the ASCRS Foundation will again participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that kicks off the holiday season. Watch your email for some of the inspiring stories from our volunteers working around the globe and in your own backyard. Throughout 2020, the Foundation has seen an increase in need for our programs. We hope you will save the date for this important day and consider a donation. Your gift will help change lives.


The ASCRS Foundation works closely with Orbis International to facilitate training for next generation of developing world ophthalmologists. Interested in learning more about Orbis’ innovative programs? Plan to join them for a global virtual symposium titled, "Unlocking the Power of Simulation: A Next-Generation Solution to Training Ophthalmic Professionals" for anyone to join from the across the globe interested in incorporating simulation training into their ophthalmic training programs! 

The Program will run October 12–16, 2020. This symposium will bring together leaders in the field of simulation to present on technology, best practices, guidelines and provide demonstrations. This will apply not only to ophthalmologists, but also ophthalmic nurses and anesthesiologists. We have an excellent line up of nearly 30 speakers and facilitators from academia, industry, and Orbis International partners. Register here.

The ASCRS Foundation team is deeply grateful for your continued support. The need for our work is greater than ever, and together, we can make a difference.


The ASCRS Foundation 

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