Thu April 25, 2013
Curbing Cataracts One Rider at a Time
UNMC hosts its 2013 Bike for Sight event this Saturday. Jessica Feilmeier, from UNMC's Opthamology Department, says the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of and support for a vision restoring cataract camp in Addis, Ethiopia.
She says every registered rider they have for the event will provide one sight returning surgery to a person living needlessly blind in that country.
"We are able to go in and perform the cataract surgeries at $20 an eye, which is the cost of the surgery itself. And we are doing both eyes. In post-op, from Day 1, you're able to give someone back the gift of sight."
The Bike for Sight begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Miller's Landing on the downtown Omaha riverfront.
Participants can choose among 5, 10, 20 and 40 mile routes.