Community Spotlight: Center For Sight Donates Over 100 Free Cataract Surgeries for Uninsured Patients. Nationally recognized surgeons continue participation in annual Mission Cataract Program
SARASOTA — Center For Sight, one of the leading eye care practices in the United States, successfully completed its first of two days dedicated to providing over 100 free cataract surgeries for uninsured patients on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the practice’s state-of-the-art AAAHC-accredited surgery facility in Sarasota.
Under the direction of David W. Shoemaker, M.D., Center For Sight’s nationally acclaimed ophthalmologic surgeons, William J. Lahners, M.D., Joshua W. Kim, M.D., and William L. Soscia, M.D. – along with a full team of optometric physicians, nurse-anesthetists, medical technicians, nurses and administrative staff – donated their time and experience to Mission Cataract. The second session of scheduled Mission Cataract surgeries will take place on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the same location.
“We are thrilled to have experienced such an outstanding success with the commencement of Mission Cataract 2015,” said Dr. David Shoemaker, Founder and Director of Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery at Center For Sight. “This year we will perform more than 100 surgeries, utilizing our state-of-the-art computer-guided laser, correcting astigmatism, and providing the same high level of service and attention our patients receive every day at Center For Sight.”
According to the official Mission Cataract USA website, Center For Sight is the only ophthalmology practice in the state of Florida to participate in Mission Cataract.
Patients participating in Mission Cataract 2015 arrived from across the state of Florida, with some traveling from as far away as Tennessee. To qualify, patients were required to have poor vision due to cataracts that is uncorrectable with glasses; no Medicare, Medicaid, or third-party insurance coverage; and no other means to pay for cataract surgery.
“Each year for more than 20 years, our surgeons and staff anticipate this opportunity to help restore lives through the power of advanced cataract surgery technologies,” said Shoemaker. “We consider it an honor to put our skills and experience to work for the uninsured, and we look forward to offering this important service for many years to come.”……….
Source: Bradenton Times