Sponsored by the Hawaiian Eye Foundation
The Hawaiian Eye Foundation is helping patients suffering from cataracts see again for free. Dr. Faulkner of Aloha Laser Vision and his staff donated their time and surgery center to offer free surgery to the homeless, underserved and uninsured patients that have cataracts and can’t see.
The patients from the Big Island, Molokai, Maui and Oahu were evaluated in February and March by the doctors and staff of Aloha Laser Vision. Those that qualified and were cleared for surgery were provided with free cataract surgery on March 11, 2019, at the Surgical Suites LLC. Those in need of prescription glasses were provided with prescriptions and glasses were donated by OneSight. All patients were given restored vision and seen the following day for post-operative appointments.
Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness in the world with over 18 million needlessly blind patients awaiting care, but vision can usually be restored with surgery. Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens or the membrane surrounding the lens. The cloudiness has a negative effect on vision because light can no longer enter the eye properly, distorting vision.
Standard cataract surgery involves removal of the clouded lens using precise surgical instrumentation and ultrasonic technology. Once the cataract is completely removed, an intraocular lens is implanted in place of the old lens. Cataract surgery performed with all-laser technology provides for enhanced customization, efficiency, and precision of the procedure.
About The Hawaiian Eye Foundation
The Hawaiian Eye Foundation (HEF), established in 1984 by Dr John Corboy, MD, is a 501(c)3 ophthalmology charity that focuses on providing the resources for the growth of eye care in developing nations. In addition to providing resources for sustainable clinics and sub-specialty training to local ophthalmologists, HEF volunteers perform sight-saving surgeries in remote areas around the world.
About Dr. Alan Faulkner
Dr. Alan Faulkner grew up in Hawaii from the age of eight, graduating from Punahou High School in Honolulu. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986. While in medical school he was elected to the National Medical School Honors Society Alpha Omega Alpha. He remained at Tulane, completing an internship in Internal Medicine, residency training in Ophthalmology, and a Fellowship in Oculoplastics, Ocular Oncology, and Orbital Disease.
His training complete, Dr. Faulkner joined the full-time faculty at Tulane as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology before going on to practice general ophthalmology and refractive surgery. In June 2000, Dr. Alan Faulkner joined his father’s practice in Honolulu at Faulkner Eye Institute, and in July 2001 founded Aloha Laser Vision, LLC.