Center for Sight doctors perform 120 free cataract surgeries

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero
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Center for Sight doctors performed 120 free cataract surgeries for people without means to pay for treatment.

The Center For Sight surgeons, optometric physicians, nurse anesthetists, medical technicians, and administrative staff donate their time and expertise to the cause, performing an average of 100 vision restoring surgeries every year, according to the foundation.

Dr. Jon Berlie, who performed surgeries on Wednesday said you can visit their website, to apply for the program and see if you meet the criteria for future events.

The application window for the current surgeries ran from early February until July 31st, which was extended due to COVID-19, and the amount of interest.

Most of the surgeries take place in Sarasota, but for the first time, the foundation is performing some surgeries in their Naples office.

Dr. Berlie said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to help people closer to home in Southwest Florida.”

Next Wednesday is the second day of the event, since the process calls for surgery one eye the first week, and the second eye the following week.

Application criteria include:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or resident alien (green card)
  •  Cannot have insurance or be enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid
  • Must be living at or below the poverty guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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