HEI Awards Jerre M. Freeman, MD, at 6th Annual Sight Night

The World Cataract Foundationexternal link (WCF) held its 6th annual Sight Night event on April 17, 2010. This year's event marked a special celebration: 40 years of humanitarian service in Mexico. During the event, Dr. Jerre Freeman, UTHSC Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and founder of the WCF, presented the Freeman Vision Award to this year's recipients, Drs. Ariel Ramírez Aguayo and Alfredo Amigó Rodriguez.

In addition to bestowing awards, Dr. Freeman also received a very special award. Dr. Barrett G. Haik, Hamilton Professor and chair of the UT Department of Ophthalmology, presented Dr. Freeman with a custom designed, etched glass plaque bearing an artistically rendered image depicting Dr. Freeman with a pediatric patient during a sight-saving mission trip. The award honors Dr. Freeman's accomplished ophthamology career and his humanitarian work through the WCF.

Dr. Freeman and the WCF provide free cataract surgery in impoverished countries, accompanied by volunteer surgery teams including UT Hamilton Eye Institute physicians Dr. James C. Fleming and Dr. Aaron N. Waite.