Two thousand fifteen marks the 25th anniversary of Lehmann Eye Center's "Gift of Sight Celebration." Each year, eye surgeons Robert Lehmann, M.D., Timothy Young, M.D., and the eye care professionals at Lehmann Eye Center donate free cataract surgeries to participating patients, just in time for Thanksgiving. This outreach program helps individuals from across East Texas see the holidays in a whole new light. Lehmann Eye Center will host another Gift of Sight surgery day on Monday, November 23.
The Gift of Sight Celebration was developed and funded by Lehmann Eye Center in 1990.
“When I founded the Gift of Sight program 25 years ago, it was simply our way of giving back to our local communities who have supported Lehmann Eye Center,” Dr. Lehmann said. “I honestly had no idea it would continue to grow for 25 years and allow us to restore vision for thousands of people in need.”
The Gift of Sight program helps restore vision loss caused by cataracts and other leading causes of blindness by providing needed eye surgery to people without medical insurance or the financial means to pay for surgery.
“There is a need to help our less fortunate friends and neighbors,” said Dr. Young. “Today, our Gift of Sight day is easily one of the most rewarding and fulfilling days not only for patients who qualify for the Gift of Sight, but also for our doctors and staff here at Lehmann Eye Center. "
In addition to support by local and national health care agencies, Lehmann Eye Center receives support for the Gift of Sight program from eye doctors throughout East Texas who help spread the word to patients with special needs. Many patients are referred to the Gift of Sight program from their primary care doctor or optometrist.
"Each year, the staff and I are blessed by the sincerity and appreciation these patients share with us on their day of surgery. It serves as quiet reinforcement that our efforts to help change lives through this program have not gone unnoticed," Dr. Young said.
"People in Nacogdoches, Tyler, Lufkin and throughout East Texas and Louisiana have been extremely good to us over the years, and the Gift of Sight campaign is simply our way of saying 'Thank You' and giving something back to our local community," Dr. Lehmann said.