Reversing Blindness in Utahns in Need
Since 2012, the Moran Eye Center has conducted semi-annual Saturday surgery days to restore sight to individuals who are uninsured, have low incomes, are experiencing homelessness, or are former refugees. To date, more than 325 patients have received sight-restoring surgery through this program.
Moran’s model for providing care has been adopted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation for their Operation Sight network. Through this low-cost model, physicians, nurses and technicians volunteer their time to provide free surgeries to patients in need. The operating room is staffed and run as it would be on any other day, except patients are not billed for their care.
Many individuals with poor vision are unable to find or keep employment, and some have to rely on family members for care and transportation. Restoring their sight has a positive impact not only on their lives, but on their families’ lives.
The People We Serve
Robert Mulvey “I’m very thankful to the doctors and nurses for volunteering their time to help me. I wouldn’t have been able to get this surgery otherwise,” said Robert Mulvey shortly before receiving cataract surgery on both eyes.
Six years earlier, Mulvey started noticing blurriness in his vision but didn’t realize how bad it was until he failed the eye exam required for a commercial driver’s license. He had been working towards becoming a school bus driver, but without the correct license, he was unable to continue driving. Without a steady job and without insurance, Mulvey wasn’t able to visit a doctor to receive the intervention he needed to correct his vision. Referred by the Fourth Street Clinic, Mulvey was approved for free cataract surgery for both of his eyes.
He’s now looking forward to getting back to work and being able to see clearly. As he says, “I just want to walk down the street without tripping and read the menu at a fast food restaurant”⎯ it’s the simple things in life he’s most looking forward to.