Gift of Sight
“Helping prevent blindness in others is very personal for me,” says Quigley Eye Specialists Founder and Cataract Surgeon Dr. Thomas A. Quigley whose sister lost her vision to a rare eye disease. “We see many patients each month who are at a great risk of losing their sight due to cataracts. Whether they can afford surgery or not, we are committed to helping them see clearly.”
Cataracts are a common result of aging. They are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA). Today, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans. As the U.S. population ages, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020, PBA says.
Unlike a lot of physical problems, cataracts are easily addressed with surgery -- unless you can't afford it. What’s unfolding now, as sited in an article by AlterNet, is that much of the 76-million-member Baby Boom generation rely on Social Security as their primary means of support. The average monthly Social Security check is about $1,000, hardly enough to cover basic living costs. In consideration of a growing population of older adults with financial hardship, the need for free cataract surgery will continue to grow as well.
“As we celebrate our 21st year of giving the gift of sight, we are happy to be able to address this growing need in our area. Free cataract surgeries for older adults with financial hardship has played a major role in our culture at Quigley Eye Specialists,” says Dr. Quigley. “It’s more than restoring vision for us, it’s giving older adults a better quality of life.”
If someone suspects he or she has cataracts and does not have medical insurance, is living at or below the current year's Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines and is a U.S. resident, he or she may qualify for the program. Individuals in need who are experiencing blurred vision possibly due to cataracts may contact Quigley Eye Specialists for an evaluation.
What “Gift of Sight” patients say...
“It was a phone call that changed my life. I was just starting my new business as a limo driver when my vision started to really get bad. I could barely see. I didn’t have health insurance. My family and I were really struggling. I knew I couldn’t put food on the table without my eyesight. So I put my pride aside and called Quigley Eye Specialists. They diagnosed me with cataracts and offered free surgery. This changed my life. I could have gone blind, but Dr. Quigley didn’t let that happen. He changed everything for me and my family. It’s been a few years now. I have clear vision. I can drive. My limo business is thriving and my family and I are doing well.” – Gift of Sight Patient.
For more information about Quigley Eye Specialists FREE Cataract Surgery Program, please contact Quigley Eye Specialists at 239-466-2020.