Sight Restoring Surgery Gifted to Utahans in Need

Doctors and staff at The Eye Institute of Utah are once again participating in the bi-annual Operation Sight Program, performing 23 sight restoring cataract and cornea surgeries to people in need. Founded by the ASCRS Foundation, Operation Sight is a charitable eye surgery program that partners with volunteer surgeons and ophthalmic companies throughout the U.S. to provide vision restoring eye surgery to people without health insurance and limited financial means.

Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. Although the vision loss associate with cataracts can be treated, many patients in poverty do not have private health insurance and do not qualify for government assistance programs. If cataracts are left untreated, they may worsen to the point that patients can no longer drive or work, and they may need a care taker to go about their day to day activities. Operation Sight helps connect people suffering from debilitating vision loss with volunteer doctors to obtain surgery at no cost. The goal is to eradicate preventable blindness, starting with patients in our local communities.

At The Eye Institute of Utah, Drs. Charles Weber, Robert Cionni and Zachary Zavodni are performing a total of 23 cataract and cornea over the course of two weeks as part of Operation Sight. Other Utah vision centers participating in Operation Sight include the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and the St. George Eye Center.

To learn more about Operation Sight or to find out if you or a loved one may qualify for charitable eye surgery, feel free to contact our office and talk to Helen Cionni.