First Annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon

8 surgeons in scrubs in front of the Cataract-a-thon banner.On Friday, July 2, 2017, Hamilton Eye Institute hosted the first annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon. This local mission is the vision of Dr. Brian Fowler, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and co-directed by Dr. Emily Taylor Graves, an ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon from Duncan Eye PLLC, with a goal to improve eye care for those in need in Memphis and the surrounding communities.

Patients from Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee were organized by the Hamilton Eye Institute Lions Club and the Mid-South Lions to travel to Memphis where surgeons and residents provided screening, comprehensive eye exams, surgeries and follow-up care, in conjunction with the incredible volunteers from the Southern College of Optometry. The Hamilton Eye Institute Surgery Center provided the surgical facilities with support from Baptist Memorial and Methodist Hospital nurses and anesthesiology staff. Much gratitude also goes to Alcon, Novartis, Cardinal Health, and ImprimisRx for their generosity in donating surgical supplies and medications, and to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Operation Sight Program for their considerable financial support. The value of these services is well over $100,000.  

“There were so many who volunteered their time and numerous corporations who sponsored the event and I'm so thankful to all of them. The event honored Dr. Ivan Marais, who trained each of us in cataract surgery and was one of the leading ophthalmologists in developing modern day safe and effective cataract surgery.  He was like a father figure to all of us at Hamilton Eye Institute.

The event occurred on June 2nd and was a huge success. Thirty surgeries were performed with the help of incredible volunteers and corporate sponsorship; everything came together in the most incredibly impactful way. The clearest benefit of the event was hearing multiple patients with tears in their eyes tell volunteers they were seeing their families' faces for the first time in years. The gift of sight was given to thirty patients on Friday, bringing surgical missions to the uninsured in our own community of Memphis.” – Brain T. Fowler, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

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