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Furlong Vision Correction’s Gift of Sight Program

Furlong Vision Correction was awarded the Jefferson Award in 2011

Dr. Furlong started the Gift of Sight program in 2002. This annual, charitable program provides comprehensive 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 who do not have the ability to pay for vision correction, Since launching the program, Dr. Furlong has provided services to 155 recipients, donating more than $985,000 in procedures.

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

We have worked with local, non-profit organizations to identify Gift of Sight recipients including the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope Services, Team Red, White and Blue, The Cost of Courage Foundation and the Diabetes Society. We also work with our optometric partners to identify possible recipients and this year.

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

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

Here are great videos from our 2018 Gift of Sight recipients.


THREE of our 2018 Patient Stories

  Leonard Vigil III, a San Jose native, served in the United States Marine Corp from 2001 to 2005 and is a Purple Heart recipient. Following the 911 tragedy, his unit was deployed to several locations including Ramadi, Iraq, where his battalion endured a 40 percent casualty rate. On July 1, 2004, Leonard was hit with a roadside bomb and suffered shrapnel wounds and traumatic brain and vision injuries.  Although he was injured, he was able to help all the other injured Marines and provided safety for them until they were medically evacuated. For this effort, he received the Purple Heart and the Marine and Navy Accommodation medal with a distinguished V for Valor.

Leonard’s prescription had changed several times. He is very grateful to be a Gift Of Sight recipient and to the Cost of Courage Foundation for giving him this opportunity.

Here is more about Leonard’s story.


Christal Letizia grew up in Hawaii – one of 16 kids! She enlisted in the Navy in 1999 for four years active duty and four on reserve duty. While active, she served on the USS John F Kennedy cv 67 the last nonnuclear, conventionally powered Navy air craft carrier. Christal’s two sons who currently live with Christal’s mother in Colorado  Her daughter, Caylee, passed away at five months in 2011. “She has made my life mission to help other mothers with infant loss and miscarriage. My daughter was amazing and touched so many peoples’ lives in her short  five months.”  Christal has had treatment for PTSD and her eyesight started changing after battling intracranial hypertension that put pressure on her eyes. She hated glasses because they made her feel old and ugly not to mention that she couldn’t see her kids grow up!

More about Christal.


Nate Tran is a retired veteran with honorable discharge after successfully serving over 20 years in the United States Navy, as a Hospital Corpsman (8404) providing emergency medical and dental assistant and physical readiness for Marines in Camp Pendleton, California and Okinawa, Japan.  His combat deployments were Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 1991 and 2006.

Upon completion of 20 years of military service, Nate worked two more years as a certified Combat Lifesaver Instructor.  Due to several service connected injuries, he became a disabled veteran and his eyesight also got blurry.  His service retirement plan is to continue learning new skills by taking information technology courses and seeking employment opportunity in this new profession while raising his three children. And he loves being able to wear sunglasses now!

More about Nate’s story


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!”

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.

Jerry M.
Santa Cruz, CA

11/15/2019
Yelp

Dr. Mona Sane.....a perfect 10!......she and everyone connected with my experience was a 10!.....the front desk folks, the technical staff, the equipment at the office location, the surgery facility....all were a 10! Very little pain involved and the outcome has been outstanding.....highly recommend to anyone in need...

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Ashley Y.
Mid-city, San Diego, CA

11/14/2019
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Had LASIK back in 2017 with Dr. Furlong. A family member recommended him and I would definitely go back to Furlong again if I need to. I used to have a -6 prescription but now my vision is near perfect.

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Teresa N.
Milpitas, CA

11/4/2019
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I couldn't be happier with my experience here. I put in a LOT of research before choosing to move forward with Furlong - you only get one pair of eyes, and I wanted to ensure I was leaving them in good hands. I was sold on not only their excellent reputation but their impressive, state-of-the-art technology.

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Raylina B.
Gilroy, CA

10/25/2019
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From my grandmother: Dr. Mona Sane thank you very much for the cataract surgery that you performed on my eyes. I appreciate everything you did, as well as the incomparable care you gave me. It was excellent!

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Brenda M.
San Francisco, CA

10/26/2019
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This place is amazing! Thank You so much Dr. Furlong for the great experience! I had lasik surgery yesterday due to my high astigmatism.

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Danielle B.
San Jose, CA

10/31/2019
Yelp

I had my procedure last Friday morning, I was scared and really nervous. Everyone at Furlong did a great job of comforting me. If anyone is considering having this procedure I would completely recommend it. It was so quick and the recovery has been very easy. Dr. Furlong is and his staff are nothing short of amazing.

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Akeem S.
San Jose, CA

1/31/2019
Yelp

I was incredibly nervous leading up to having the Lasik procedure done. Melody who is one of the staff members was so supportive and reassuring throughout the entire process. On surgery day she had me in tears from laughter and so I was so comfortable leading up to the procedure. The procedure went so smoothly I was...

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Brian S.
Capitola, CA

12/8/2018
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I could not recommend Dr. Furlong and team any more highly. Incredibly friendly and personal team, with effective and focused service, and the most frictionless simplest surgery I could ever imagine having. I am less than 24 hours after my surgery - and the results are incredible. I am looking for to taking my...

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Bruce F.
San Francisco, CA

2/17/2019
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Dr. Sane performed my laser cataract procedures at El Camino Surgery Center. Quick, painless and instant perfect vision!  I have never had a better medical experience!

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Lydia A.
San Jose, CA

1/28/2019
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I had Lasik done with Dr. Sane ten days ago at Furlong Vision and I am absolutely pleased. From the initial consultation to the actual procedure and after care. They have snacks and drinks in the waiting room, everyone is so kind and passionate about their work. I felt very welcome and they were great about answering...

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Mer D.
San Francisco, CA

4/8/2019
Yelp

Furlong Vision took care of me so well. Pre op, you'll have so many questions, possibly even some doubts, but the information and patient onboarding process is so smooth that you'll equipped to face anything. They aren't there to swindle you out of your hard earned dollars!! Nono. They are here on the singular mission...

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Nicole R.
Los Angeles, CA

3/25/2019
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I just had my annual eye exam - I still have 20/20 following this procedure, and my optometrist always says "your surgeon did an excellent job!" :)

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Solomon A.
San Jose, CA

3/15/2019
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We did an extensive research for my wife's Andreja important step as eye Lasik surgery is. We included Furlong Vision in that research. It was also recommended by our friend Melissa who did her Lasik with them many years ago and is still excited with the whole experience and results.

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Tu-Anh N.
San Luis Obispo, CA

3/25/2019
Yelp

My LASIK experience at Furlong Vision was beyond amazing. Everybody at the center including the technicians, assistants, Dr. Patel, Dr. Shen, and Dr. Furlong made sure I felt comfortable and confident in my decision to get refractive surgery every step of the way. My vision correction has been life changing, I can...

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Lauren S.
Downtown, Campbell, CA

3/28/2018
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Dr. Furlong and his entire staff have changed my life! After 11 years of dealing with contacts and glasses, I finally took the Lasik plunge and am SO thankful I did! Dr. Furlong and his staff were so informative, friendly, and reassuring. They made everything so easy and made me feel 100% comfortable...

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Nlramesh R.
Mount Hope KS

4/7/2018
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Amazing doctors and staff.  Dr. Mona Sane did my cataract surgery and she was absolutely awesome!! The staff at Dr. Furlong's and at the surgery center were super professional and you just knew you were going to be alright at the end of the procedure.  The post op care was just excellent !! If...

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McKinley S.
Marina, CA

2/16/2018
Yelp

I had Lasik 1 year ago and I am still amazed by how well I can see. I have worn glasses and contacts for many years.  I could see well with my contacts so I was expecting to see like that after Lasik. What I didn't expect, was how much better I see now after Lasik. The quality is SO MUCH BETTER. I...

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Kim M.
Santa Clara, CA

1/30/2018
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This review is long overdue. I actually had my surgery done about a year ago. I had been told for several years from various optometrists I would never be able to even have the surgery because of an eye condition. But when I started to see Dr. Ratra at Dr. Gold & Associates, she referred me to...

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Jennifer B.
Prescott, AZ

1/16/2018
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In October I underwent LASIK surgery with Dr. Furlong and his staff and I couldn't be happier. It has been life changing after 23 years of wearing contacts and glasses. I had a high astigmatism prescription and at my first last post op checkup about a two months post op I was at -20/20 in the left...

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Rosa M.
Monterey, CA

12/6/2017
Yelp

I got referred to Dr.Furlong by my optometrist. She couldn't have referred me to a better doctor. I had LASIK done less than a week ago & I am beyond amazed with the results. I've worn glasses for 15 years & contacts for 13 years. I was a bit nervous the day of surgery but Dr.Furlong...

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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
Yelp

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
Yelp

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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Voted Best LASIK Doctor by Santa Cruz Good TimesTwice named a Premiere Cataract Surgeon by Ocular Surgery NewsSponsor of Santa Clara County Optometric SocietyJefferson 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