Free cataract surgeries offered for uninsured in Sacramento area

03/06/2012 12:00 AM

03/05/2012 10:52 PM

Free eye surgeries will be available this spring for uninsured people whose vision is clouded by cataracts.

Kaiser Permanente staff members have offered this service annually for 17 years as part of Mission Cataract USA, a national program in which participating doctors provide the sight-restoring surgery to people who have no health insurance and can't afford the operation.

Area residents who are interested in the surgery must sign up for a screening by calling (916) 973-7159. The screenings will take place April 14 at Kaiser's Point West medical offices, 1650 Response Road, Sacramento. The appointments line will remain open through April 6 or until all the screening slots are filled.

Physicians will provide as many as 20 free cataract surgeries on eligible people in early May.

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