By age 80, more than 22 million Americans will either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Symptoms of cataracts include clouded, blurred or dimmed vision, more trouble seeing at night, seeing “halos” around lights, faded colors in your sight, double vision in one eye, and more frequent changes to your glasses or contacts prescription.

This condition can cause a major decline in quality of life for those who are affected. A lessened ability to see clearly can impact mobility, independence, and simply an awareness and appreciation of one’s surroundings. It can be isolating and frustrating.

Unfortunately, the only treatment for cataracts is surgery. For those without health insurance coverage and who are financially suffering, the cost of the procedure is a major barrier to getting the treatment they need to restore their vision. That is why, in 2011, Dr. Cary Silverman founded VisionHarvest, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose goal is to provide uninsured patients with the gift of sight through free cataract surgery.

VisionHarvest’s goal for 2014 is to provide surgery for 75 patients, in addition to the many others who were served in the past two years. Won’t you help us reach our goal? Just $100 will give the gift of sight to someone who desperately needs it to get their life back.

Please help give others the gift of sight. Donate to VisionHarvest today!