Vision Harvest 2016

October 6, 2016 — by Rebecca Moroney
Tags: Cataract Surgery

On October 28, 2016, doctors at the River Drive Surgery and Laser Center of Elmwood Park, New Jersey; an AMSURG Partner, will perform FREE cataract surgery for the eighth straight year during Vision Harvest 2016, for those that are uninsured and cannot afford to pay for the procedure.  

Over the next few weeks, participating eye physicians will be evaluating prospective cataract patients and scheduling them for their free procedure.  Eligible patients will have all eye examinations, testing, medications, and surgery provided to them free of charge.

Kenneth S. Miller, M.D., Director of The Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey, in West Orange, is one of the participating ophthalmologists in the charity event. Dr. Miller is accepting new patients for evaluation of cataract and eligibility for the program. Please call (973) 325-3300, to see if you, a loved one, or friend, qualifies for the free surgery.

Cataracts are a progressive condition that cause the eye's lens to become cloudy, and eventually opaque leading to a progressive dimming of your vision. The exact cause of cataracts is unclear, but they occur in everyone as they age. Cataracts may be the result of a lifetime of exposure to ultraviolet rays, and other factors such as cigarette smoking, diet, and alcohol consumption. Cataracts can also occur at any age as a result of other causes such as eye injury, exposure to toxic substances or radiation, certain medications or as a result of other diseases such as diabetes.

Vision Harvest is a 501c3 non-profit for those that are uninsured and cannot afford to pay for cataract surgery.

River Drive Surgery and Laser Center; an AMSURG Partner, was created as an ophthalmic ambulatory surgery facility dedicated to providing patients with excellence in eye care in a warm and caring environment. The center is designed as a facility which is planned and administered to render a safe, comfortable, effective environment for patients and personnel, and to give assistance to the medical staff in meeting certain restorative health needs of patients without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.