Uninsured Individuals to Receive Free Cataract Surgery by Local Surgeons

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EAST HANOVER — On October 27, doctors at the River Drive Surgery and Laser Center of Elmwood Park; an AMSURG Partner, will perform FREE cataract surgery for the ninth straight year during Vision Harvest 2017, for those that are uninsured and can’t afford to pay for the procedure. East Hanover ophthalmologist, Cary M. Silverman, M.D. is the Founder of Vision Harvest and organizes this now annual event. “Our goal is to make sure that any vision impaired person without insurance or financial resources learns about this remarkable program.”

Over the next few weeks, participating eye physicians will be evaluating prospective cataract patients and scheduling them for their free procedure. Eligible patients will have all eye examinations, testing, medications, and surgery provided to them free of charge.

Participating ophthalmologists in previous year’s Vision Harvest program include:

• Adrian W. Jachens, M.D.- EyeCare 20/20, East Hanover

• Cary M Silverman, M.D.- EyeCare 20/20, East Hanover

• Kenneth Miller, M.D.- Laser Vision Center of New Jersey, West Orange

• Michael Farbowitz, MD- Short Hills Ophthalmology, Short Hills

For more information, interested patients should call (973) 200-8250 to set up a free evaluation to determine their candidacy.

Cataracts are a progressive condition that cause the eye’s lens to become cloudy, and eventually opaque leading to a progressive dimming of your vision. The exact cause of cataracts is unclear, but they occur in everyone as they age. Cataracts may be the result of a lifetime of exposure to ultraviolet rays, and other factors such as cigarette smoking, diet, and alcohol consumption. Cataracts can also occur at any age as a result of other causes such as eye injury, exposure to toxic substances or radiation, certain medications or as a result of other diseases such as diabetes.

About Vision Harvest: Founded by East Hanover ophthalmologist, Cary M. Silverman, M.D., Vision Harvest is a 501c3 non-profit for those that are uninsured and can’t afford to pay for cataract surgery.

River Drive Surgery and Laser Center; an AMSURG Partner, was created as an ophthalmic ambulatory surgery facility dedicated to providing patients with excellence in eye care in a warm and caring environment. The center is designed as a facility which is planned and administered to render a safe, comfortable, effective environment for patients and personnel, and to give assistance to the medical staff in meeting certain restorative health needs of patients without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.

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