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Furlong Vision Correction’s Gift of Sight Program

Furlong Vision Correction was awarded the Jefferson Award in 2011Furlong Vision Correction was awarded the Jefferson Award in 2011 for the Gift of Sight Program.

Dr. Furlong started the Gift of Sight program in 2002. This annual, charitable program provides consultations, Advanced Topography-Guided Custom LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) procedures and post-operative appointments at no cost for up to 10 deserving individuals in strong need of vision correction. Since launching the program, Dr. Furlong has provided services to 149 recipients, donating more than $950,000 in procedures.

The Cost of Courage Foundation partner in Gift of Sight programThis year, we worked with Kelly Estes and The Cost of Courage Foundation to identify military veterans who would benefit from this program. “The Cost of Courage Foundation supports the educational and personal needs of deserving military veterans in our community to ensure a successful transition back into civilian life so this is a great partnership with our Gift of Sight program,” said Dr. Furlong.

We also work with our optometric partners to identify possible recipients and this year, we had two patients submitted by Dr. Ted Bailey, Plager Vision and Optometric Center in Santa Cruz.

Watch the 2016 Bay Area Proud story by Garvin Thomas on NBC.

Here are great videos from our 2017 Gift of Sight recipients.


Two of our 2017 Patient Stories

Hank Provost Gift of Sight recipientHank Provost served in the Air Force from 1974 to1981 as an electronics technician trained in solid-state theory. As a Communication Commander, Hank was in charge of a squadron of 500 at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Hank was drafted while attending Kent State, becoming an activist after the Kent State massacre. He also protested the Iran hostage crisis, taking 52 American flags and one Canadian flag and stationing himself in front of the Buffalo News station and generating coverage on the Buffalo Evening News. At the time, he was stationed at a top-secret facility in Niagara Falls that had access only by the commanders and the President of the United States. His base commander also supported his protest.

Hank worked at a subsidiary of Lockheed in top-secret communications for the shuttle program. He eventually settled in Gilroy, Calif. with his wife and two sons. He and his wife owned a women’s lingerie store but his life changed when environmental health problems affected his son’s health. He eventually lost his home, business and marriage and is now at the Veteran’s Housing Facility in East San Jose.

Hank was so surprised at how painless the surgery was and said that an eyelash in his eye was more painful!

Hear Hank’s story about serving seven years in the Air Force and now loving to roller blade without his glasses!


Ilga Hernandez Gift of Sight recipientIlga Hernandez, 26, was legally blind without glasses or contacts. Ilga is a Santa Cruz native who lives with her mom and currently takes courses at Cabrillo College and is applying for some Radiology programs. She is also a barista and shift lead at Marianne’s Ice Cream. Growing up, she was very shy and afraid to speak up in the classroom as she couldn’t see the board even when sitting in the front row. Playing sports was a big challenge especially basketball and swimming. Ilga loves to sing and is a member of Pacific Voices, a non-profit community choir in Santa Cruz.

Ilga has been a patient of Plager Vision since she was eight years old and says she was so lucky to have been a candidate for the Furlong Vision Correction Gift of Sight Program. “Dr. Bailey entered me in a raffle and I got lucky! I am beyond thankful and blessed for this opportunity. I know that my improved vision will tremendously change my life for the better in every single way whether it’s work, exercise or my personal life. Most people don’t realize just how precious their vision is.”

One day after her surgery, she said that she could not express how much it has already changed her life.  “I’m so excited!” Listen to Ilga’s story and her excitement of getting rid of glasses!

Past partners in the program include Team Red, White and Blue, Hope Services, The American Cancer Society, Diabetes Society of Santa Clara County, Valle Monte League, Junior League of San Jose and Make-A-Wish Foundation have been past partners of the program.

Leah F.
San Francisco, CA

9/29/2017
Yelp

Gotta pay my overdue Yelp gratitude here. Furlong has an all-star staff. Carol specifically is a wonderful human being and professional. They're prepared for every possible scenario. My story varies slightly from others in that I did experience bad halos/glares for roughly 2 weeks following surgery (which is...

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Matt C.
Fullerton, CA

7/29/2017
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Dr. Furlong was a recommendation from my optometrist. My first visit was fast and easy. My optometrist had already done my dilation so they just needed to take measurements and double check that I was a candidate. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was nervous about everything but my patient counselor...

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Shilpi R.
Sunnyvale, CA

10/11/2017
Yelp

I recently had LASIK done with Dr. Furlong and it was an amazing experience. I wanted to have LASIK so that I could wake up first thing in the morning and not worry about contacts or glasses! As an optometrist myself I knew the ins and outs a little bit more but everything was on point! Their waiting room is always...

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Gabriel N.
Union City, CA

4/19/2017
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This has easily been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. After having glasses for most of my life, it's crazy to think I can now wake up and see clearly. I was referred here by my optometrist, Dr. Toy, in early 2016. I came for the free consultation where Dr. Furlong and his staff determined that I...

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Randy M.
San Jose, CA

6/15/2016
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Five stars.  Why?  I was suffering from rapidly progressing cataracts at the relatively young age of 37.  I was forced to take time off of work until the first surgery was complete.  My left eye had deteriorated from 20/300 in January to "hand motion (I could see light differences and movement only)" the day...

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Himi A.
Fremont, CA

9/30/2017
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My lasik surgery experience at the center was fabulous! The staff is very friendly, customer service is great! Interaction with Dr. Furlong was directly in the surgery room. Everything was very smooth and the location is super hygienic and has the top technology.

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Betty M.
San Francisco, CA

3/30/2017
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Just got my lasik surgery done last week by Dr. Furlong, and so far so good! I got referred to Dr. Furlong from my optometrist. A little pricier than competitors, but it's YOUR EYES, not the situation to be looking for a discount. They take a lot of time to make sure that you're comfortable and informed, and the...

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Jennifer H.
Fremont, CA

2/11/2017
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One of the best decisions I've made in my life! It took me about 2 years before I actually made a decision and not to sound super corny or anything... I should've done it sooner! It's definitely easier saying that knowing my LASIK surgery went well so I completely understand anyone's fear or hesitation with...

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A S.
Sunnyvale, CA

8/17/2017
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My mom had cataract surgery with with Furlong Vision this past month. It was a smooth experience.  She had one eye done first, followed by the second eye a few weeks later.  She saw Dr. Furlong for consultation in June.  He gave her a detailed exam and performed various scans.  She decided to go with femto laser...

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Leigh B.
Half Moon Bay, CA

8/8/2017
Yelp

Dr.Furlong did PRK for my insanely farsighted eyes in September 2016. I am now seeing 20/20!!! I couldn't be happier with the results. I also appreciated that he was honest when he didn't recommend PRK for my thin corneas... better safe than sorry! Thanks again, best money I could have spent on myself.

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Mike B.
Santa Cruz, CA

4/12/2017
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I rarely write reviews on Yelp, but for something as important as LASIK, I did a lot of research & visited several places in Silicon Valley. I recommend you do too! You get what you pay for...don't budget on your eyes! You want the best technology & an experienced & personable  Doctor. Dr. Furlong is...

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Yee L.
Palo Alto, CA

4/22/2017
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Super thorough and professional.  The staff accurately explained exactly what to expect and answered all my questions in an even-handed way with lots of detail about risks and benefits.

Theres no guarantee of results, but turns out my vision was corrected to better than 20/20 and I'm very happy with the results.

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Best Place for LASIK in Silicon ValleyVoted Best LASIK Doctor by Santa Cruz Good TimesTwice named a Premiere Cataract Surgeon by Ocular Surgery NewsAngie's List Super Service Award for high-level customer serviceJefferson Award - the "Nobel Prize" for community and public service for the Furlong Vision Correction Gift of Sight programOfficial laser vision correction and eye surgeon and Legacy Partner of the San Jose Earthquakes