Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide and while they can develop in pretty much anyone, cataracts are most often found in people 65 and older. At the Center for Advanced Eye Surgery on Thursday, Dr. Lyn Yakubov donated her surgery services as part of Mission Cataract. Physicians at the practice have been providing free cataract surgery for 12 years to people who don't have insurance or the means to pay for surgery. Patient Nancy Lambert said the gesture means the world to her especially since her cataracts have limited what she can and cannot do.
"When you are an independent person and you've always taken care of yourself and suddenly you can't, you know, it makes for a very long day," said Nancy Lambert of Niles.
"We get so much more than we give because, the people, the cataracts can grow kind of slowly and so they don't realize what they are missing until both eyes actually become legally blind. So, they are really living in a fog, in this dim world and we just see the gratitude on their faces and their smiles, even when they get out of surgery, they can start to see already," said Dr. Lyn Yakubov with Eye Care Associates.
Eye Care Associates accepts applications all year long for its Mission Cataract Program. You can contact the office at 1-800-322-8889.