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ASCRS Foundation 2022 August Newsletter

The ASCRS Foundation is excited to share the following updates on our mission of eradicating preventable blindness and expanding physician education globally. Thank you to our community for your ongoing generosity that contributes immensely to our efforts. Your support makes all this possible!


The ASCRS Foundation Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work addressing cataract blindness. Each year the awardee is celebrated at the ASCRS Annual Meeting, and a $50,000 prize is awarded in their honor to a charitable ophthalmology organization of their choice. The 2022 nomination period is now open through September 8, 2022. Click here to learn more or nominate a humanitarian today!


“We love National Sight Week! The staff donates their time, and we make it a celebratory event. We promote National Sight Week in the community, in the local media, and with our Optometric partners and invite them to join us as well. It really has been a great community builder for our practice.” Carrie Jacobs, COE, OCS, ASCRS Foundation Operation Sight Volunteer

Operation Sight volunteers are essential in treating preventable blindness in their local communities and helping patients return to a life of independence and possibility! The ASCRS Foundation is excited to recognize these incredible efforts that provide sight nationwide during National Sight Week taking place October 9-15, 2022. Click here to see the growing list of participating volunteers and practices. If you are interested in making an immeasurable impact in your community, read below to discover the best way for your practice to get involved!

• Volunteer a charitable cataract surgery through Operation Sight in 2022! Now is the time to get involved! Operation Sight provides ophthalmologists and practices, the opportunity to provide charitable care to a pre-screened patient in need within their own community. Whether you can provide one charitable cataract surgery or one hundred, your impact will be substantial to the patient and their loved ones. If you have already provided a surgery, view your name on our website, or reply to this email to ensure you are properly recognized!

• Pledge a charitable surgery in the next six months! We will contact you and connect you with eligible patients from your community who are in urgent need of care. In recognition of the dedication you exhibit for your field and community, your name and practice will be added to the Foundation’s 2022 Operation Sight Volunteers here.



ModMed is a 2022 Strength Partner of the ASCRS Foundation. Together, with our incredible partners like ModMed, we continue to improve physician education and support, assisting with providing increased medical resources, and changing patient lives forever. Read our conversation to learn more about their work.

“As industry leaders in medical software we are proud to support a leader in ophthalmology education and support of medical practices throughout the country with all ASCRS projects, including the ASCRS Foundation.” Michael Rivers, MD, Senior Medical Director of Ophthalmology at Mod Med

We are grateful for ModMed’s support of the ASCRS Foundation. Their continued commitment to our mission has made an incredible impact. Click here to read our conversation to learn more about their work.

For more information about joining the ASCRS Foundation as a 2022 partner, please contact Violet Gehr, Foundation Coordinator at



Because of compassionate donors like you, the ASCRS Foundation's Operation Sight program provides life-changing charitable cataract surgery to thousands of individuals. With the generous help of volunteers, members of our communities become re-employed, provide for themselves and their families, and reclaim their independence.

Make your gift today and gift the gift of sight to those who urgently need your help. Click here to donate today.


The ASCRS Foundation’s Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eyecare on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in health care systems, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients develop and implement a customized international volunteer plan that provides the opportunity to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts.

The 2023 grant application is now open through September 8, 2022. Click hereto learn more or to apply today!


The ASCRS Foundation is proud to spotlight the 2022 Operation Sight Volunteers of the Year in our newsletter. This month, we shine a light on Reena Patel, MD. Dr. Patel is recognized for her incredible talent, generosity, and passion for providing Operation Sight patients in her community local care! Dr. Patel recently discussed her experiences with the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program, the mutual benefits it offers surgeons, and how the program supports and inspires care where it is needed most:

“One single surgery creates a ripple effect in a community. To be able to help one single person see the world in a better way is life-changing. Helping someone disadvantaged is my contribution to my community. With better vision, my patient is able to better take care of their family or work which allows their family to do better which allows my community to do better which allows our country to be better.” - Reena Patel, MD

Click here to read Dr. Patel's full interview!

Contact Rachel Goode, Program Manager at to learn more about volunteering with the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight program.


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