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Eye Specialists to Participate in Mission Cataract

Eye Specialists to Participate in Mission Cataract

August 17, 2012 by Richard

American Health Network’s eye specialist group located in Kokomo, Marion, and Muncie will perform free cataract surgeries for people who have no insurance and no means to pay. Cataract Surgeons Tom Chowattukunnel, M.D., Michael Hodkin, M.D., and Michael Scanameo, M.D. will perform the surgery to qualifying candidates -- a procedure which includes the replacement of the eye's cloudy lens with an artificial, intraocular lens (IOL). Patients can see the difference almost immediately following the procedure.

Cataracts are the #1 preventable cause of blindness in the world. Every year, doctors around the U.S. take part in Mission Cataract -- a program to provide cataract surgery to those who can’t afford it. The goal is to eradicate blindness due to cataracts in our country and bring as many people as possible from blindness to useful productive lives.

The criteria are established by Mission Cataract, and each qualifying candidate will be prescreened by the participating physicians. To qualify for this free community service, applicants must have: poor vision due to cataracts which interferes with activities of daily living, no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance coverage, and no other means to pay for cataract surgery.

The eye specialist group noted, “There are so many people right here at home that require mission work. It is truly rewarding to have the ability to help restore vision to those in need.”

The group is currently in the process of collecting applications and running them through the certification process, with the surgeries starting in October.


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