Humanitarian Cataract Surgery

Although curable with surgery, cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in the world, accounting for more than one half of all blindness. Globally, more than 18 million people remain completely blind from cataracts. Being a “household name” in the field of cataract surgery, Dr. Chang has used his international prominence to highlight and advance several important humanitarian cataract efforts. He is on the medical advisory board of both Project Vision (China) and the Himalayan Cataract Project (Asia), and also consults for the Aravind Eye Hospital System in India. He has traveled to many developing countries to perform and teach cataract surgery to local ophthalmologists. He donates his consulting fees and textbook royalties to these organizations and is establishing two Chang Cataract Training Centers, through the ASCRS Foundation and Project Vision in China.

Dr. Chang’s 2009 Blinkhorst Lecture

Inaugural Chang Humanitarian Award recipient

Chang Humanitarian Award established by the ASCRS Foundation

Dr Chang interviews Sen Rand Paul on trip to Guatemala

The Binkhorst Medal and Lecture is considered the highest international honor for a cataract surgeon. Dr. Chang’s 2009 presentation addressed the challenge of reducing the global burden of blindness due to cataract.

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