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Getting Started

Performing Surgery
Cataract Surgery

How to submit a patient for surgery consideration


Pre-screen patient

To be eligible, a patient must be uninsured, experiencing severe financial hardship and have vision of 20/50 or worse.  Financial hardship will be quantified based on 200% of the national poverty guidelines. Referring providers are required to obtain a records release signed by the patient they are referring prior to submitting exam notes. 


Patient Status Notification

Referring providers will be notified of the patient's submission status.  If approved, the patient will be scheduled for a pre-op consultation by one of our volunteer providers.



Patients will receive surgery appointment information from a representative of the Surgical Eye Care Foundation.


Exam Note Submission

A comprehensive examination note is required for surgery consideration.  Upon receipt, our medical advisory committee will review to determine eligibility based on diagnosis, vision status and quality of life. Patients may be contacted directly by the foundation to gather more information as needed.



Patients will be notified of the pre-op appointment by one of our representatives. At this time we will discuss with the patient their financial responsibility. 



Once surgery is complete, patients will return to the referring provider in accordance with their  request. If a referring provider is willing to perform post-op appointments, patients will return 1 day post-op.  If unable to see their referring provider for post-op appointments, patients will be released to the referring provider upon completion of their post-operative care.

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