Giving the gift of sight

Giving the gift of sight

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Life is more clear for several patients who underwent cataract surgery Saturday morning.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Life is more clear for several patients who underwent cataract surgery Saturday morning.

It's part of the Moran Eye Center's charitable surgery day, offering the gift of sight to those who would otherwise go without.

"We have 50 volunteers here coming in and donating their time. Everyone from o.r. technicians to people who register at the front desk and do the post op care, of course the physicians are all donating their time," said Michael Eayei, with the Moran Eye Center.

They are donating their time to perform cataract surgery on low income and uninsured patients who have been struggling through life with blurred vision.

Those selected are Moran patients and others referred by local clinics...

"With a simple 10 minute procedure here they are able to get a new lens inserted and have wonderful vision," said Eayei.

Simple, but costly, which is why this surgery would otherwise be out of reach for these patients.

"Each of the 18 or 19 cases that we do today would cost several thousand dollars to perform, but with everyone volunteering their time and donations from the community we're able to provide them free of charge," said surgeon, Jeff Petty.

A life changing gift that one patient sums up with one word.

"Happy," said patient, Daniel Cortes.

The Moran Eye Center does the charitable surgery day twice a year, they are hoping to expand it to three times a year.

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