A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision and may eventually lead to blindness. And according to results by the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by age 80.
The average cost for cataract surgery is approximately $2200 – $3500 per eye (insurance can help lower those numbers by several hundred dollars). And many people who receive cataract surgery are fortunate enough to have the medical coverage or financial stability to pay for the surgery.
But imagine not being able to see and not being able to pay for the surgery to restore your sight. Sadly this is a reality that many Americans face on a daily basis.
That is where we now introduce Operation Saving Sight, which is a program put together by the Eye Consultants of Atlanta Foundation. In short, this organization consists of a team of Atlanta doctors who have agreed to perform the entire surgery completely free when low-income patients are making too little for Obamacare, but making too much for Medicaid.
Ophthalmologists Dr. Michael Roach and Dr. Stephen Hamilton are part of this vision-saving program. In an interview, Dr. Roach said that “typically we can take someone who’s legally blind and get them to 20/20.”
And Dr. Hamilton went on to say: “you can take someone whose just trying to get their life back on track, and they can’t see well enough to work. I’ve seen patients who were addicted and living on the street because they couldn’t see. All they needed was a simple surgery that I could do for them.”
The doctors are motivated by their faith, and say they are actively looking for more people to help. You can click here to find out more about Operation Saving Sight program and to submit an application for surgery.