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Hawaiian Eye Foundation Holds Third Annual Cataract Days: Performs Free Cataract Removal Surgeries for Qualified Patients

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HONOLULU, March 15, 2019 (Newswire.com) – In 2017, the Atherton Family Foundation committed to a five-year sponsorship of Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s statewide Cataract Days program. This year, along with sponsorship by Friends of Hawai’i Charities and Dr. Alan Faulkner of Aloha Laser Vision, examinations and surgeries were performed this week. Both uninsured and underinsured patients in Hawai’i qualify for these services, made possible through the generosity of our sponsors. Patient referrals were made by Project Vision Hawai’i, local community health centers, the U.S. Veteran’s office, and local outreach institutions. The target populations include homeless individuals in underserved communities and low-income kupuna.

The patients from the Big Island, Molokai, Maui and O’ahu were evaluated in February and March by the doctors and staff of Aloha Laser Vision. Those that qualified and were cleared for surgery were provided with free cataract surgery on March 11, 2019, at the Surgical Suites LLC. Those in need of prescription glasses were provided with prescriptions and glasses were donated by OneSight. All patients were given restored vision and seen the following day for post-operative appointments.

Dr. Alan Faulkner of Aloha Laser Vision, along with his office manager, Leona Tamura, and their incredible staff, donated their time and talent for all exams and surgeries. Special thanks to Pacific Anesthesia for volunteering their services, and to the partners of the Surgical Suites LLC – Dr. Ming Chen, Dr. Alan Faulkner, Dr. Tyrie Jenkins, Dr. Carlos Omphroy and Dr. Jon M. Portis – for allowing Hawaiian Eye Foundation to hold this event at their surgical center.

We are grateful to partner with Atherton Family Foundation, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, the doctors and staff of Aloha Laser Vision and Surgical Suites LLC, Pacific Anesthesia, Project Vision Hawaii, ASCRS Foundation, OneSight, iHeart Radio, and Hawai’i News Now  to bring this service to our ohana on Oahu and the neighbor islands. For anyone who needs cataract surgery but does not have insurance or cannot afford the surgery due to hardship, please email us at contact@hawaiianeyefoundation.org or visit our website at www.HawaiianEyeFoundation.org for more information.

“This program is about giving back to the people of Hawai’i,” said Darrah Kauhane, executive director of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation. “It is my honor to serve our kupuna and extended ohana throughout the islands.”

  • dr patients sunglasses post eye surgery in lobby of aloha laser vision ophthalmology

The Hawaiian Eye Foundation (HEF), established in 1984, is a 501(c)3 ophthalmology charity that focuses on providing the resources for the growth of eye care in developing nations. In addition to providing resources for sustainable clinics and sub-specialty training to local ophthalmologists, HEF volunteers perform sight-saving surgeries in remote areas around the world. http://hawaiianeyefoundation.org.

Contact: Darrah Kauhane, Executive Director, (808) 536-3961; Contact@hawaiianeyefoundation.org

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