The doctors and staff of Weston Eye Center and Vision Surgery & Laser Center have again volunteered to participate in Lions Mission Cataract USA. We want to help the people living in this community who have no means of paying for needed cataract surgery.
This year we have chosen to hold our surgery day in December & refer to our Mission as the “Gift of Sight”. Just like years past this mission brings together eye doctors, surgeons, and volunteers who will provide free eye screening and cataract surgery to patients who have no financial resources.
Eye screening at no cost, by appointment only to qualified participants, will be provided at our offices at 2435 NW Kline in Roseburg, Oregon. Individuals who require cataract surgery and qualify for financial need will have the surgery performed December 1st.
If you know someone who is visually impaired, due to cataracts, and has financial needs or if you would like to be more involved please contact Leanna Tatone at our office at 541-672-2020 by October 31st.
Please don't hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or would like additional information.
What is Mission Cataract Oregon? Link to KATU's Everyday Heroes
Mission Cataract Oregon offers free cataract surgery to low income individuals of all ages who have no insurance, and do not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid or any other form of government assistance.
In Oregon, participating Lions Clubs and the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation help pre-qualify and pre-screen individuals in need of catarat surgeries, then team with Dr. Weston and his crew who will perform the surgery free of charge. These key partnerships enable the Foundation to assist more people with sight and hearing saving surgeries and treatments.
How to Access This Program
Individuals calling the OLSHF Office for surgical assistance will be mailed an application and will be referred to their local Lion’s Club Sight and Hearing Chair to begin the application process. You may also contact our office at 541-672-2020 and ask for Leanna. She will direct you to the appropriate contact at our local Lion's Club.
The applicant must qualify for assistance under the Lions Patient Care Guidelines specified by the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Mission Cataract USA was started in 1991 by Frederick A. Richburg, MD, Medical Director of Valley Eye Institute in California. He decided to donate one day for free cataract surgery and launched the program with a group of local volunteers in Fresno.
In 1993, the Mission Cataract USA program expanded nationwide and Jon-Marc Weston, MD, of Weston Eye Center, Roseburg, started the program in Oregon. As a Roseburg Lion, Dr. Weston's goal was to have clubs in every Oregon community partner with surgeons and facilities for an annual free program.
"Having participated in international surgical missions, I saw a great unmet need where people in my own community couldn't access this vision restoring procdure because of inability to pay. I decided to take a more proactive approach and provide surgery to an average of 20 people each year," said Dr. Weston. Dr. Weston, Cascade Anesthesia and the entire staff donate their expertise, equipment, supplies and facility every year to many people every year.
Since that time, Dr. Weston and Dr. Tronnes from our office partnered with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, to bring awareness to other eye surgeons in the state of Oregon. Together, they increased awareness of the need of the program, which has since expanded the number of eye surgeons participating statewide.
In 2008, Martin Balish, MD, of Oregon Eye Specialists, was recruited to Mission Cataract by the Beaverton Lions Cub. Doctors Mark Fay and Scott Stevens, of Klamath Eye Center, also find their participation in Mission Cataract very fulfilling.The Doctors at EyeHealth Northwest in Portland joined the Mission Cataract program in 2011.