Spirit of Giving Back Runs Deep at Frantz EyeCare
Timeless wisdom from American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?” Community involvement – specifically giving and serving – has been at the heart of the culture at Frantz EyeCare since it was founded in 1994.
Why We Give
There are so many stories of loss. Many unfortunate things that happen to people are no fault of their own, yet fate and bad luck sometimes conspire to take away all hope.
I believe in hope, faith and healing. As a cataract surgeon, every day I remove the cloudy lens from inside the eye known as a cataract and replace that lens with a clear lens implant to restore vision. Cataract surgery is the most common outpatient procedure in the United States, with an estimated 3 million procedures performed in 2016.
For each surgery there is a person and that person has a life and a story. I would like to share with your readers one of their stories.
Walter is a veteran who fell on bad luck. With his right eye blind from birth, he relied entirely on his left eye. As a cataract took his vision slowly, he was unable to see to work and became unemployed and, of course, uninsured.
Walter fell on hard times and became homeless, living under a friend’s carport in Clearwater. Eventually, Walter became legally blind in his “good” eye. A friend saw that Frantz EyeCare was participating in Mission Cataract USA and drove him to Fort Myers to meet with me and my team.
On Veterans day, November 11, 2016, I performed free cataract surgery on Walter. He received the gift of sight along with five other people from around Florida operated on by me and Dr. George Corrent, also of Frantz EyeCare.
As Walter’s surgeon, I received so much more than any gift I could ever give to him. Walter’s story reminds me why I became a doctor; to truly change and reshape people’s lives.
Giving this gift has enriched my life and inspired me and my wonderful staff. One day after surgery, and with 20/20 vision, the tears were flowing, not just from Walter, but also from me and my staff.
-Jonathan Frantz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Medical Director and Chief Surgeon
Day of Giving Back
Giving the gift of sight to individuals who need it but can’t afford it, might be the most generous act a cataract surgeon could perform. Dr. Frantz and the Frantz EyeCare team enjoy participating in a Day of Giving Back in partnership with Mission Cataract USA.
Each November, the Frantz EyeCare team performs free cataract surgeries for qualifying patients. This life-changing public service is available to individuals who are not covered by private insurance , Medicare or Medicaid, are U.S. citizens and fall below the HHS poverty level guidelines.
In November of 2016, six deserving patients received FREE cataract surgery at Frantz EyeCare! “Participating in this event is such a privilege,” said Dr. Frantz. “Being a part of the life-changing procedures for these deserving patients is truly an honor.”
Holiday Toy Drive
Each December, Frantz EyeCare gives individuals the chance to save big on the gift of better vision and bless a child’s life through its Holiday Toy Drive. Frantz EyeCare partners with local charities to make sure every child in Southwest Florida has a blessed and joyful holiday.
Individuals are invited to donate a new, unwrapped toy at any of Frantz EyeCare’s five locations and in return, they receive a gift certificate for $1000 off LASIK for themselves.