MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - For a third year, Mid-South surgeons, nurses and volunteers restored vision for 25 people.
It was all part of the Cataract-a-Thon, which offers free cataract surgery to those who are uninsured or unable to access proper eye care.
The event honors the late Dr. Ivan Marais, innovator of cataract surgery.
Patients were provided screening, comprehensive eye exams, surgeries and follow-up care.
“We've had so much interest in it in the past years, last year we did it two day this year we are having to do it in January and June,” said Dr. Emily Graves from Duncan Eye, PLLC. “Most of our patients are under the age of 65 so they don't qualify for Medicare, a lot of them have lost their jobs, so they don't have insurance and they have no way to pay for surgery, so they are kind of in this gap where they need us.” Some patients came all the way from Missouri for the free services.
This event is funded in part by the Race for Sight hosted by the Mid-South Lions Club, and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards the Cataract-a-Thon.
Sign up for the 2019 Race for Sight on February 16 at Shelby Farms by clicking here.