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Focused on Restoring Vision: Center For Sight Accepting Applications for Free Cataract Surgeries

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SARASOTA, Fla. (April 1, 2021) – Center For Sight, one of the nation’s leading ophthalmology practices, is accepting applications for free cataract surgeries through Mission Cataract, an annual event where Center For Sight performs 100 free surgeries for individuals who have no health insurance or other means to pay for surgery.

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. Surgery is performed to remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens implant, or IOL, offering patients the ability to regain the vision of their youth.

Potential Mission Cataract patients are encouraged to download an application at, or call 941-480-2143 for application information. The submission deadline is May 14, 2021. Surgery dates for Mission Cataract will be held Aug. 11 and 18 at Center For Sight’s state-of-the-art AAAHC-accredited surgery center in Sarasota.

To qualify for treatment through Mission Cataract, potential patients:

  • 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

Center For Sight has been performing surgeries through Mission Cataract for nearly 30 years. To continue offering free cataract surgery to those in need, Center For Sight has once again partnered with the ASCRS Foundation/Operation Sight, LENSAR, Inc. and the Center For Sight Foundation.

Dr. David Shoemaker, Founder and Director of Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery at Center For Sight, along with cataract surgeons William J. Lahners, M.D., Joshua W. Kim, M.D., William L. Soscia, M.D., and Joaquin O. De Rojas, M.D., perform the free surgeries each year. The Center For Sight surgeons and their team of optometric physicians, nurse anesthetists, medical technicians and administrative staff donate their time and expertise to the cause.

About Center For Sight

Center For Sight is the largest eye care practice in Florida with 42 providers and 14 locations in Southwest Florida. Center For Sight offers patients convenient access to nationally renowned surgeons, highly-trained, compassionate staff members and cutting-edge technology. Center For Sight’s mission is to “bring clear vision to life” through trusting relationships and the unending pursuit of excellence in eyecare. For additional information and locations, visit

About Center For Sight Foundation

David W. Shoemaker, M.D., Founder and Director of Cataract & Lens Replacement Surgery at Center For Sight, established the Center For Sight Foundation to support Mission Cataract, an annual event that offers life-changing vision-restoration surgery at no cost for people without the means to pay for surgery. 100% of donations to the Center For Sight Foundation are used to purchase medications, surgical and post-operative supplies, and the artificial lenses that are implanted in patients’ eyes during Mission Cataract. For more information on the Mission Cataract application process and how to donate, visit

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Written by Center for Sight

Center For Sight is one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary physician groups. We provide ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, audiology, and aesthetic services. With several locations throughout Southwest Florida, we proudly offer our patients convenient access to nationally-renowned surgeons, compassionate staff members, and cutting-edge technology.

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