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ASCRS Foundation 2022 May Newsletter

The  ASCRS Foundation is grateful to have had the opportunity to reconnect with our supporters, volunteers, and the greater ophthalmic community at the ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting. We look forward to continue working together to achieve our mission of eradicating preventable blindness and expanding access to physician education globally.


We hope that you were able to attend Foundation events and learn more about our mission. Here are just a few of our highlights!

Roger Ohanesian, MD was awarded the Foundation's Chang-Crandall Humanitarian award for his life-changing work in Armenia. Dr. Ohanesian founded the Armenian Eyecare Project to provide charitable eyecare to those suffering during the war in the developing country and continues to bring over resources and surgeons to expand their access to services.

The ASCRS Foundation International Division, comprised of leaders in global humanitarian ophthalmology, met to collaborate, exchange ideas and find opportunities to work together to make a difference.

The ASCRS Foundation Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees provided an update on their inspiring work. Learn more about the grant program here.

The ASCRS ASOA Party for a Purpose not only kicked off the Annual Meeting, but raised $51,462 for the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program. Three groups of “celebrity bartenders” competed to raise funds and change lives. Click here to view photo albums from the evening!

Throughout the meeting, members raised enough donations to unlock a $35,000 match from Aerie Pharmaceuticals. The donations totaling $121,086 will benefit the sight-restoring initiatives of the Foundation. Click here to see the list of compassionate supporters who helped make this possible!

The Foundation's 2022 Resident Excellence Awardees had the opportunity to enjoy, learn, and connect with one another throughout the meeting at various events. Read more about our grantees here.

We proudly announced the ASCRS Foundation Operation Sight Volunteers of the Year. These volunteers are outstanding champions of our charitable cataract program, Operation Sight. We would not be able to provide the vision-restoring work that changes thousands of lives every year without their support. Read the announcement here.

Donors, industry partners and volunteers were recognized throughout the Annual Meeting. Thank you for your continued support. Your generosity makes our mission possible and, thanks to you, thousands of underserved individuals have their eyesight restored annually.


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. 

Jose applied to Operation Sight after having been diagnosed with cataracts that were preventing him from completing daily tasks independently. Without the support of his wife, Jose could not drive or read print and he was losing hope. Jose applied for the Operation Sight program and was accepted as a patient. In April, his cataracts were corrected by Operation Sight volunteer, Joshua D. Cohen, MD at Cohen Laser and Vision Center in Florida. 

"I am so happy[.] I was a little down before surgery [and] worried about how I couldn't do anything without the help of my wife. I now can read, watch TV [and] drive[.] All the simple things we sometimes take for granted... I am totally so grateful. This program is absolutely a great program. It changes people’s lives. I know it changed mine for sure."


The ASCRS Foundation is led by an exemplary group of individuals who lead the Foundation towards our mission of expanding physician education and ending preventable blindness globally. We proudly welcome Matt Oliva, MD and John Vukich, MD to the Board of Directors.

"I am honored to join the ASCRS Foundation board and to support its mission of providing humanitarian cataract surgery to patients at home and around the world. By combining education with direct support, the Foundation improves the quality of life for thousands of patients in need." John Vukich, MD

"Through my work with the Himalayan Cataract project in Ethiopia I have been intimately involved with the ASCRS foundation's efforts towards improving residency education and training the next generation of African eye care leaders. I am equally impressed by the work of the foundation domestically with its Operation Sight program of which my private practice in Oregon is a participant. The foundation has a critical role to play in ending needless blindness around the world and here at home." Matt Oliva, MD

View the entire ASCRS Foundation Board of Directors here.


At this year's Annual Meeting David Chang, MD announced a new initiative to promote more sustainable ophthalmic care. EyeSustain is a newly established global coalition of ophthalmologists and eye societies seeking to engage, network, and educate our global ophthalmic community about more sustainable practices. Having the highest procedural volumes in medicine, ophthalmology has a unique opportunity to lead efforts to make healthcare more economically and environmentally sustainable. 

To learn more, read the EyeWorld article, watch the video announcement, or visit the new website at


To celebrate the announcement of Dr. Ohanesian being named the 2022 Chang-Crandall award recipient, he sat down with his colleague, John Hovanesian, MD to discuss his career in ophthalmology and international humanitarian care.

Watch their conversation and learn more about the Foundation's Chang-Crandall award here.


The ASCRS Foundation wishes to thank the following corporations and foundations for their continued support. We are grateful for their unwavering philanthropic commitment. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity.

Premiere Partners
Allergan an Abbvie Company
STAAR Surgical

Visionary Partners
Alcon Foundation
Carl Zeiss Meditec

Catalyst Partners
Aerie Pharmaceuticals
Glaukos Foundation
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Strength Partners
Avellino Labs
Avenue Live
Sight Sciences

Hope Partners
Bausch Foundation
Neurotech Pharmaceuticals

Patron Partners
BSM Consulting
Thea Pharma

Friend Partners
JelliSee Ophthalmics
Kala Pharmaceuticals
Ocuphire Pharma
Surface Ophthalmics

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