Healthy Choices

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

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.