Do you know any adult in Indian River County in need of medical care and not having health insurance? If so, the We Care Foundation of Indian River can help. That includes eye care.
We Care will soon be holding free Cataract Clinics. If someone has no medical insurance and earns less than 200% of the federal poverty level ($24,000 annually per person), they qualify for free medical care including cataract surgery.
Here’s how it works: The individual needs to have an initial screening at Treasure Coast Community Health, the Whole Family Health Center or the Visiting Nurses’ Association. A referral is then made to We Care for the next level of screening. If the diagnosis determines that cataract surgery is needed, then We Care schedules it with an eye surgeon during one of the We Care Cataract Clinics.
Local eye surgeons provide their services for free and We Care pays for all related expenses. If the patient has other eye problems, We Care will make a referral to one of our volunteer ophthalmologists who will provide the appropriate treatment.
Founded by Dr. Dennis Saver in 1991, We Care has provided nearly $17 million worth of free medical services in Indian River County over the past thirty years. For more information about We Care Foundation of Indian River and to make a tax-deductible donation, go to www.wecareofirc.org.