This patient has been functionally blind for 10 years and presents to us with bilateral, dense, brunescent cataracts. We must help this patient and given the complexities of her general health problems, we have elected to do bilateral, same day cataract surgery. Since this is a purely charity case, we do not have to worry about insurance or Medicare regulations that limit the payment of the second eye if done on the same day as the first eye.
Each eye is treated like a separate patient so that all new instrumentation, draping, and scrubbing is performed for each eye. This will help to minimize the risk of any potential cross contamination. The result of this surgery was completely life changing for this patient. It reminds us that we have a special gift in the surgeries that we perform — we can literally bring back sight to patients who are blind. It was an honor to use our skills to help this charity patient achieve a new life.
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