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Kaiser Permanente: Free eye screening and cataract surgeries for the uninsured

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 - 4:42 pm

For nearly 20 years, Kaiser Permanente doctors and staff have offered free eye screenings and, for those who are eligible, no-cost cataract surgeries. And you don’t have to be insured by Kaiser to get access to these important vision services.

The surgeries are part of Mission Cataract USA, an annual program in which participating doctors help restore the sight for hundreds of people nationwide who cannot afford to get their cataracts treated.

Screening appointments can be made through April 3 or until the slots fill up, whichever comes first. To sign up for the screening, or to request more information, call 916-973-7159.

The screenings will be held on Sat., April 12 at the Kaiser Permanente Point West Medical Offices at 1650 Response Road in Sacramento near Cal Expo. Starting in early May, Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff will perform as many as 20 free cataract surgeries to clear away cloudiness that can cause blurred vision or double vision and sensitivity to light and glare. The main cause of cataracts is advanced age.

Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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