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Ophthalmologists to offer free cataract surgery

Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare will participate in its third annual National Sight Week by offering free cataract surgery for local patients with low incomes and little or no medical coverage.

"My partner and I feel it is very important to give back to the community in which we live and practice in," said Dr. Michael J. Endl, who will handle the surgeries along with fellow ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Elmer Jr.

National Sight Week — Oct. 14-20 this year — is sponsored by the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Foundation. The foundation encourages its member doctors to provide cataract surgeries during this period as part of its Operation Sight effort.

Patients interested in being considered can visit to apply. They are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to complete the vetting process in time for surgery. For more information, call 800-309-2020 or email

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