Utah Locals Vision Restored During Successful Charity Surgery Week

shutterstock_359629550One of the most important priorities for the team here at The Eye Institute of Utah is making sure we give back to our community and provide quality eye care to improve people’s lives. Recently our practice and two others in Utah – the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center and St. George Eye Center – participated in Operation Sight, a charitable program organized by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Operation Sight’s mission is to help provide sight restoring eye surgery to individuals in poverty at no charge.

During the month of April, our team of dedicated surgeons including Drs. Robert J. Cionni, Charles H. Weber, Zachary J. Zavodni, performed a total of 27 free cataract and cornea surgeries as part of Operation Sight. More than 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or treated – but many people around the world – including the Utah Operation Sight patients – live with severely impaired vision due to lack of insurance, finances or access to health care.

We would like to extend a special thanks to our surgery team at The SurgiCare Center of Utah and our clinical team at The Eye Institute of Utah for dedicating long, extended hours and time to help make these surgeries a reality. Our doctors, technicians, office staff, nurses, scrub techs and administrators, have volunteered countless hours to participate in three Operation Sight charitable surgery events in the past year. Without the group support and commitment, these free procedures would not be possible. We are very excited about our ongoing partnership with the Operation Sight program and the Moran Eye Center, and we look forward to many more years of helping those in need reduce significant threats to their vision with advanced treatment from eye surgery professionals who truly care!