Paducah, KY – On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul returned to his profession of medicine and conducted cataract surgeries for Kentucky patients on a pro bono basis in Paducah. Sen. Paul worked alongside Dr. Barbara Bowers of Innovative Ophthalmology to restore vision for the uninsured and visually impaired. They operated on two patients at the Ambulatory Surgery Center in Paducah.
“There is nothing more rewarding than using my skills as an ophthalmologist to give back to the community, and I believe I have an obligation as a surgeon to help those in need,” Sen. Rand Paul said.
In 1995, Sen. Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, which provided free eye care for low-income patients. Since taking office, Sen. Paul has continued to use his skills to help those in need. He regularly conducts pro bono surgeries in his home state of Kentucky, and traveled to Guatemala last summer with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center where over 200 sight-restoring surgeries were performed.
This summer, Sen. Paul traveled with the Moran Eye Center to Haiti where they performed cataract surgeries for the visually impaired. He performed eye surgeries in Western Kentucky earlier this summer as well.
Prior to performing surgeries today, Sen. Paul held a Town Hall in Paducah to speak with Kentuckians and listen to their concerns. Sen. Paul has held countless Town Halls over the last year in every part of the state, and enjoys hearing directly from Kentuckians.
Dr. Bowers and Sen. Paul spoke with local media about the continuing need for charitable medical services. Physicians all over Kentucky provide their services free of charge to the truly needy. He has always been engaged in pro bono work and appreciates that many ophthalmologists around the state allow him to continue this tradition by partnering with them on patients they have identified.