Vision Charity - Gift of Sight
"In third world countries, blindness can be a death sentence. I can think of nothing more satisfying than changing someone's life by restoring their eyesight."
– Dr. Kenneth C. Westfield
The Gift of Sight, Inc. is a vision charity effort created by Westfield Eye Center for the purpose of providing vision care and services to those in need, both domestically and internationally. Kenneth C. Westfield, M.D., an eye doctor in Las Vegas, has been a pioneer in the ophthalmology field for over 30 years. During that time, he has shared his knowledge and skill with patients inside his clinic doors and overseas.
For the last eighteen years, Dr. Westfield, whose specializations include laser eye surgery, and his Las Vegas staff have volunteered supplies, knowledge, and surgical skills on numerous mission trips to Haiti, Vietnam, and the Philippines for many different organizations. For example, in Las Cahobas, Haiti, the charity medical team, consisting of Dr. Westfield and his volunteer medical team, screened more than 12,000 patients, dispensed over 6,500 pairs of eyeglasses, and performed hundreds of cataract extractions. This care has literally transformed the lives of people who live in an area where a single doctor used to make one annual visit to an area that is home to 50,000 people. By providing care to people in Haiti, charities like this are improving the standard of specialized care available in such areas.
Dr. Westfield's philanthropic efforts are not limited to distant locations. In his southern Nevada home, he and fellow doctors annually give free eye exams to school children who cannot afford to visit an eye doctor. These medical volunteers fit an estimated 400 children with glasses.
As a Las Vegas eye doctor, Dr. Westfield decided that it would be more effective to take on the responsibility of providing these services from start to finish. He does it all, from fundraising to organizing to providing care and services. Thus, The Gift of Sight was born.
The Gift of Sight focuses primarily on patients in need of cataract surgery. Although the treatment for cataracts is simple and effective, it is neither available nor affordable for those living in the rural areas of many countries. Numerous patients have no understanding of cataracts and accept the loss of vision as a natural process of aging. Through The Gift of Sight, we at Westfield Eye Center would like to provide the surgery and education needed for those patients who have lost or are losing their sight due to cataracts.
The Gift of Sight charity will continue the legacy started by Dr. Westfield by providing free eye surgery, eye glasses, and medical eye care to those who otherwise would live in a world of darkness. The charity will gather medication, eyeglasses, surgical equipment and supplies, and then distribute those items to various locations. We ask for your support in our organization's efforts to provide the "gift of sight" to those in need of vision. Your donation will help us provide and restore sight both in the U.S. and abroad.
If you would like to learn more or make a donation to The Gift of Sight, please contact us online or call our office at 702-362-EYES (3937).