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Accessibility And Affordability -
While we’ve already looked at the unique ways that today’s modern world and improved technologies have changed the ability of patients to understand their cataract surgeries more effectively and the way that technology is directly changing procedures, it’s also important to understand that there have been innovations in other areas as well - including the overall accessibility of cataract surgery.
New technology means that procedures are handled faster and with more skill, which in turn means that medical teams are able to provide more efficient, lower costs to patients. However, it’s also important to note that other things are making it easier for those with limited means to access the corrective surgery they need.
While it’s still hotly debated, the simple fact is that the Affordable Care Act has given many people insurance that just didn’t have it before. These new policies have helped make cataract surgery a reality for millions of patients. Government backed programs ranging from Medicare to Medicaid have made it easier for older patients or those with low income to receive coverage and get their corrective surgeries.
Government insurance policies are even more accessible now than ever before. Additionally, many cataract surgeons donate their time each year to charity organizations that provide cataract surgery to those who have no insurance coverage and limited income. In these situations, those who qualify will be able to receive corrective procedures totally free of charge, improving the quality of their life in tremendous ways.
Mission Cataract USA is dedicated to doing this, and works to provide free corrective surgery to every one who needs it. Simply put, from technological advances to better accessibility, there have been plenty of innovations in the world of cataract surgery. The bottom line is that it’s easier than ever before to regain your vision and see the world in a whole new way.
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Better Tech, Better Procedures
Cataracts are vision issues that are caused by a clouding of the lens in the eye. This clouding reduces the amount of light that is allowed to enter the e ye, and as a result when it occurs it will lead to lost vision. It’s s incredibly common, but thanks to the advancement of technology and modern medicine correcting cataracts has become much easier to do and is now handled with simple outpatient surgery.
However, things are always changing and new technologies are being introduced to the medical community which will likely make it even easier to regain vision. Here are some of the new technologies and advancements in the field that are changing things for patients suffering from cataracts.  Currently, conventional implants end up leaving a patient with reduced ‘near’ vision after the surgery is complete. Those who undergo the procedure will usually end up needing reading glasses.
However, multifocal lens implants have been approved and are likely going to play a major role in the future of cataracts.
They could reduce the need for reading glasses by improving vision as a whole.  Phacoemulsification is the process that removes the lens of the eye. Currently it uses a combination of ultrasound and vacuums to emulsify the lens and extract it. New systems being created now will generate higher flow rates with lower vacuum levels. This means that the process is more effective and leaves patients with shorter recovery times. Additional, laser assisted phacoemulsification has been introduced, leading to faster treatment times and more accurate incisions. The treatments are limited in the US, but will likely expand in the future.
Since early 2015, it’s been possible for surgeons to use a stereoscopic visualization system that allows them to see the surgical
field of view in real-time in 3-D. By viewing a simple flat-panel display, it’s possible for surgeons to work in a more comfortable
position and without the need to remain huddled over a microscope as they work. This helps keep surgeons more comfortable,
reduces back problems, and helps them get even better results as they remain steadier during the procedure. 
These are just 3 examples of the numerous exciting changes in cataract surgery. As new technologies are introduced, it’s likely that even better results will be available for patients.
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The Benefits of Improving Your Understanding of Cataract Surgery

As the medical world continues to change, so does the rest of the world. This has helped create a unique situation that hasn’t been present in the past – a situation wherein patients have the ability to educate themselves in tremendous ways thanks to technology.

Taking the time to improve your understanding of cataract surgery is easy to do, and can bring about some significant benefits that has helped changed the face of the world of cataract surgery.

For example, patients today can find the right specialist for their specific needs, learn more about what to expect during and after a cataract surgery so they are better able to prepare, and more.
Additionally, the fact that patients now have more options for treatment means that they are no longer limited in terms of where they pursue their procedure s, which type of corrective surgery they are able to receive, or who provides it for them.

This increased accessibility means that each patient is able to get the treatment they deserve regardless of their situation.

By empowering patients, the modern world and the advances within it has helped elevate the overall customer satisfaction levels and is ensuring that patients can get all of the benefits that corrective procedures can bring.
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Already cataracts impact the lives of more than 20 million Americans. By the year 2020, it’s estimated that the number will have increased to 30 million. That increase is directly related to the growing population numbers in the nation and the increase in lifespan for those living here – modern medicine is helping us live longer, and as a result issues related to aging are increasing in frequency.
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Spotlight on Dr. David W. Shoemaker:
"“We are proud to participate in Mission Cataract every year to provide the necessary care and treatment for those who would otherwise go through each day struggling to see,” said Dr. David Shoemaker, Founder, CEO and Director of Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery at Center For Sight. “Restoring the gift of sight to these patients and giving them the opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives is inspiring and gratifying.”
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Spotlight on Dr. Ivan H. Garcia:
Dr. Garcia, Medical Director at Omni Eye Specialists in Baltimore, MD has been an invaluable member of Mission Cataract USA.
His extensive training in microsurgical techniques and experience in performing cataract and corneal transplants and laser vision correction, has made him one of the Baltimore region’s most trusted eye specialists.
"The Mission Cataract program has always been part of my service for the last 30 years in practice as a community response, as a human response and as a response to my Christian faith as a call to help others in need.  I was taught by both my parents and in Catholic school to take care of others in need, and I believe firmly that God has given all of us the opportunity to be good to others."
Find out more about Dr. Ivan Garcia at Mission Cataract USA
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Spotlight on Dr. Herbert Ingraham:
Dr. Ingraham, Director of Department of Ophthalmalogy at Geisinger Health System, refers to Mission Cataract USA Day as one of “the best days of the year”. Over the 10 years that Dr. Ingraham has been a part of Mission Cataract USA, they have performed 175 surgeries, all free of charge to neighbors in the community of Danville, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Geisinger says "It has been tremendously rewarding to be a part of this program, and it reminds me each year of the reasons I went into medicine all those many years ago. I knew the patients would be grateful, and I knew it was something important to me, a chance to give back. But I hadn’t anticipated the response from the other physicians and residents and nurses and support staff, all of whom look forward to the screening day and the surgical day each May. The community has been so very supportive, and anyone I’ve asked for help has been so compassionate and willing to give of themselves. When I set out to start this Mission Cataract program here, I thought I was giving out the blessings. But I have been profoundly humbled by the blessings I have received and the generosity of spirit I have observed.
Mission Cataract USA is different from taking a Mission trip to Ecuador or Ghana or Nepal. I have been blessed to visit these places as well, but Mission Cataract is different in a profound way. Mission Cataract requires a local community of doctors, nurses, newspaper editors, lay people and church leaders and so many others. I am so blessed when I go abroad. But I truly believe the whole community of Danville, and the surrounding towns and counties who send patients, are truly lifted up as we work together for the less fortunate among us. Good working-class people losing vision can return to their workplace and families. We are ALL better for their willingness to come for help, allowing God’s blessing to fall on our entire community. I urge anyone who has not performed this work to give it a try. I promise you, you will receive far, far more than you give."
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Partner with Mission Cataract USA today!

Over the last few years, Mission Cataract USA has built up a reputation of goodwill for our efforts at helping provide assistance to those in need. While numerous medical professionals help those who need medical care, there are certain problems that often aren't covered under various insurance plans or that are overlooked by those who are providing care. A perfect example of this is in cataract surgery.

Cataracts can cause serious troubles for those who suffer from the issue, and the diminished quality of life that they endure can make it difficult to carry on with their life normally. We offer them the opportunity to receive free cataract surgery from skilled physicians.
If you offer your services to patients through our program, you can enjoy several benefits including:
•Free advertising through our website, which is seen by thousands each day.

•Strong word of mouth and an improved reputation thanks to your good deeds.

•The sense of satisfaction knowing that you've used your skills to help those in need.

By helping out those who need it most, you will also help yourself and your practice. Just one day out of each year is all it takes to make a real difference in the lives of patients who can't afford the procedure otherwise. There are countless people out there who are in need, and by working together we can give them the care that they deserve.
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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month.

Age-related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age 50 - Make an appointment with your eye doctor today!

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Mission Cataract USA celebrates 25 years of giving the gift of sight
Mission Cataract USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization. We network with ophthalmologists to offer free cataract surgery to individuals of all ages in the USA who have no means to pay. In 2016, Mission Cataract USA makes ophthalmologic history by providing the gift of sight for 25 years to visually impaired, impoverished people.
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