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On Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, March 10, the surgeons, physicians, anesthesiologists and clinic professionals of Minnesota Eye Consultants, will donate their invaluable time and skills to perform eye surgery, at no cost, to patients from the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and Wisconsin.  For the tenth year running, Operation Eyesight addresses the urgent need of patients facing dire financial burdens, unemployment, bankruptcy or lack of insurance or disability benefits.  Their stories are compelling and all too relatable in the present economy. Without insurance, Medicaid or other support, surgery is just not an option for these people.

This year, family, friends and doctors referred over 50 applicants to the program, more than any year in the past.  A vetting process takes place during which 10-20 of these patients are chosen to receive surgeries including cataract, glaucoma, and corneal transplants.  Many patients will have two surgeries, after which they’ll be cared for post-op, at no cost, for a period of six-months.  In addition, all supplies, equipment and medications are donated to the program.

Dr. Elizabeth Davis, a board-certified ophthalmologist and managing partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants, helped launch Operation Eyesight as a means to give back to the community.  Since its inception, the program has become an invaluable service for patients who would not otherwise receive this specialized care.  Dr. Davis’ goal is to inspire other practices, medical providers and volunteers to help serve the growing needs of these patients.

Applications are accepted beginning in September and the selection process begins closer to the two surgery dates in the late winter. For more information about the program, contact Stephanie Johnson at 952-567-6086.