Center For Sight's annual Mission Cataract event will take place on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. Cataract surgeons Dr. David Shoemaker, Dr. William Lahners, Dr. Joshua Kim, Dr. William Soscia, Dr. Jon Berlie and Dr. Joaquin O. De Rojas will perform free cataract surgeries in Center For Sight's Sarasota and Naples AAAHC-accredited surgery centers. The event, funded by the Center For Sight Foundation, annually helps up to 100 people who cannot pay for cataract surgery get the vision-correcting care they need.
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and develop slowly, causing cloudy vision, loss of color perception and trouble reading or driving at night. There is no way to prevent cataract formation. Surgery is necessary to remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens implant. Center For Sight is one of only 19 ophthalmology practices in the United States that offers the free service to uninsured patients through Mission Cataract.