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ASCRS Foundation 2022 January Newsletter

Welcome to the first ASCRS Foundation newsletter of the new year! Your support fuels our mission and we look forward to working with you this year. Through your ongoing commitment to the Foundation, our mission continues to have life-changing impacts for patients in the U.S. and abroad!

The ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight grant program supports organizations and practices with charitable cataract programs, who are trusted resources within their community for the Operation Sight patient population. The purpose of the grant is to expand access to free cataract care to eligible patients in local communities within the United States. Eligible grantees must have (1) a verified 501(c)(3) status or (2) an affiliation with a 501(c)(3) organization. Click here to learn more or to apply before the January 28, 2022, deadline. For questions about your organization’s eligibility or more information, please email

2021 ASCRS Foundation Strength Partner Spotlight: Modernizing Medicine

The ASCRS Foundation is proud to highlight Modernizing Medicine as one of our2021 Strength Partners. With the continued philanthropic commitment of our industry partners, the Foundation can preserve the vision of our mission of expanding physician education and humanitarian eye care globally. We are so grateful for Modernizing Medicine’s support and for helping us change lives. Click here to learn more about Modernizing Medicine.

For more information on becoming a 2022 partner of the ASCRS Foundation, please contact Molly Gascoigne, Director of Development at  or (703) 788-5781.

Operation Sight Patient Sees Hope with Clearer Vision!

The ASCRS Foundation's  Operation Sight program is fueled by the volunteerism of over 700 registered ophthalmologists, willing to donate their time and facilities to a pre-screened patient in need. Operation Sight patients are unable to afford or access cataract surgery, which will ultimately allow them to live independently and securely.

In 2021, Janie applied to our program in fear of going blind because her current employer did not offer insurance, and she could not otherwise afford it. Within little time, Janie had been screened and added to our growing waitlist, eagerly awaiting a volunteer match within her local area. Once matched with James C. Loden, MD at Loden Vision Center, Janie shared "God Bless Dr. Loden to volunteer his precious time out to people like myself to see again. I'm [so] happy to see, to drive even at night, to read, to get a [new] job now... I can't even begin to tell you... his whole staff made me [feel] like I was worth millions."

Janie is now seeing clearly with a restored sense of hope, confidence, and appreciation for the impact charitable cataract surgery has had on her daily life.

Join your fellow members and register as a volunteer surgeon to change the lives of the patients like Janie in your local community!

The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to continue highlighting some of the accomplished ophthalmic humanitarians nominated for the Foundation's Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award. The Foundation's 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees have interviewed these outstanding leaders. Click here to watch an inspirational conversation about global ophthalmology between 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantee, Milad Modabber, MD, and Soroosh Behshad, MD.


Since 2018, Aerie Pharmaceuticals has been a committed ASCRS Foundation partner, through a matched donation program. Last year, Aerie Pharmaceuticals proved their match was once again virus proof and our community rose to the challenge. With your help, the Aerie match has enabled the Foundation to restore the sight of 1,129 patients in financial need through the Foundation’s Operation Sight program.

We are pleased to announce Aerie Pharmaceutical’s philanthropic commitment to the ASCRS Foundation is continuing in 2022! Aerie will generously double the impact of donations up to $35,000! Donations can be made during registration for the 2022 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting or by clicking here.

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