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ASCRS Foundation 2021 August Newsletter


The ASCRS Foundation is excited to share the following updates on its humanitarian cataract surgery and physician education programs, and to recognize those who contribute to the ongoing effort. Your support makes all this possible!

ASCRS Foundation Premiere Partner Spotlight: STAAR Surgical

“STAAR is honored and proud to partner with the ASCRS Foundation in helping patients and ophthalmic physicians achieve the visual freedom they desire and deserve.” Caren Mason, President & CEO

STAAR Surgical is a 2021 Premiere Partner of the ASCRS Foundation, and their long-time commitment and leadership has contributed greatly to the foundation's mission. We are incredibly grateful for their on-going support. We spoke with STAAR about our shared goals and their commitment to ophthalmology. An excerpt of the conversation is below. Click here to read the full interview or visit to learn more.

ASCRS Foundation: Can you offer your perspective on how your mission and the ASCRS Foundation’s mission intersect?

STAAR: STAAR Surgical’s mission aligns well with the ASCRS Foundation’s mission of providing physician education and humanitarian eye care to those in need. We endeavor to create outstanding visual freedom and correction technologies, and to educate physicians on the benefits as well as to certify surgeons through a well-defined and intensive training curriculum. We are very proud to support humanitarian efforts with surgeons and eye clinics, on a selective basis, when we are requested to donate lenses for those in critical need of vision correction.

STAAR Surgical is thankful for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those patients in visual need and to support the mission of the ASCRS Foundation.

Operation Sight: Make Lasting Change in Your Local Community!

Operation Sight is the foundation’s U.S. based charitable cataract surgery program. It is fueled by over 670 registered volunteer ASCRS members and charitable organizations committed to making cataract care accessible.

Save the date for 2021 National Sight Week, October 14-23! Join us in celebrating the collective power of the ophthalmology community as we work to make cataract care accessible to those most in need. There are eligible, vetted patients in your community who've been approved by the ASCRS Foundation and are awaiting care. Make a difference close to home. Click here to learn more and see our growing list of participating locations or contact Jaya Minhas, Program Manager at for more information.

2022 ASCRS Foundation Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award

The ASCRS Foundation Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work addressing cataract blindness. Each year the awardee is celebrated at the ASCRS Annual Meeting, and a $50,000 prize is awarded in their honor to a charitable ophthalmology organization of their choice. The 2022 nomination period is now open through October 15, 2021. to learn more or nominate a humanitarian today!hereClick

2022 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant

The Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eye care on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in developing world health care systems, teaching institutions and community programs. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients develop a customized international volunteer plan that provides the opportunity for a young eye surgeon to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts. The application period is now open through October 15, 2021. for more information or to apply today!hereClick

Treating Preventable Cataract Blindness Across International Borders

During the 2021 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting in July, the Foundation brought its international partners together to discuss next steps in our collaborative effort to treat preventable cataract blindness and enhance in-country physician training. During the pandemic appropriate precautions were taken to allow continued patient treatment, and our partners spearheaded a transition to virtual training that created a pathway for U.S. and international eye surgeons to mutually learn from one another.

To learn more about the ASCRS Foundation’s work in developing countries and strategic partnerships, click here.



Maximize Your 2021 Gift to the Foundation - Charitable Giving Benefits under CARES Act Extended

The CARES Act expanded the deductibility of charitable contributions, and in 2021 new provisions were added making this year a favorable time to support the ASCRS Foundation.

Individual taxpayers who take the standard deduction may deduct charitable gifts up to $300 and married couples who file joint returns can deduct charitable gifts up to $600. Individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions may now deduct certain charitable contributions up to 100% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. Prior to the CARES Act, taxpayers were limited to deducting 60% of the taxpayer’s adjusted income. Individual taxpayers can continue to carry forward any excess charitable contributions for five years, but the enhanced 100% deduction limitation is set to expire after 2021. In 2021, corporations may deduct charitable gifts up to 25% of the corporation’s taxable income (increased from 10%). For more information on ways to support the Foundation, click here.

This information does not constitute legal or financial advice and restrictions apply. Consult your tax, legal or financial advisor and obtain professional counsel of an attorney to assist you in making a gift. 


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