Event provides free eye care for those in need

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-22 19:46:20-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Seventeen people with eye issues were given surgery for free during an event sponsored by a local eye center.

The University of Utah's John A. Moran Eye Center has offered free eye care to people in need on their Charitable Surgery Day since the event began in 2007.

According to a press release, 16 people received cataract surgeries and one patient underwent a cornea transplant. The program benefits patients in need.

Jeff Pettey, education director at Moran Eye Center, said it’s something he is grateful to take part in.

“I never am able to really explain how it feels or really capture it in words, but it's rewarding to be able to see them to be able to go back to work, to see them to be able to start cooking again for their families, and participating in life like they used to,” he said.

One of the patients treated Saturday, Cecilia Agama, said she is very grateful for the eye center’s efforts and to be able to see again. She said she hopes they continue the program and help others like herself.