The first two charitable cataract surgeries, performed as part of the ASCRS Foundation’s new Operation Sight network, were conducted on Wednesday by Kerry Solomon, M.D., at Physician’s Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, S.C.
The two patients, Joann Brown and Mary Waiters, suffered from advanced cataracts, but did not have private insurance and were ineligible for government assistance.
“I couldn’t watch TV, and I couldn’t read, and I couldn’t drive. There was no driving,” Brown said. Waiters’ said that her quality of life also suffered. She had not worked in more than a year.
Operation Sight-Charleston was founded three years ago to provide free cataract surgery for qualified South Carolina residents and has provided more than 90 free surgeries to date. The foundation’s plans involve eventual expansion of the Operation Sight network to include individual volunteer who are looking to provide the occasional charitable surgery in their own community. The goal is to complete 100 surgeries across the country in the next 12 months.