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Furlong Vision Correction’s Gift of Sight Program

GIFT OF SIGHT APPLICATION

 

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,  Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) procedures, Keratoconus treatment and post-operative appointments at no cost for up to 10 deserving individuals in strong need of vision correction. Furlong Vision Correction has received the Jefferson Award for the Gift of Sight Program – and to date – the program has donated more than $1,020,000 in procedures to over 160 recipients.

Since starting the program, we have worked with local, non-profit organizations to identify Gift of Sight patients including work2 future, Hope Services, The Cost of Courage Foundation, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Team Red, White and Blue and the Diabetes Society. Additionally, we work with our optometric partners to identify possible recipients and we also include deserving individuals who are nominated by community members.

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

Here are great videos from 2018 Gift of Sight recipients.

Videos from 2017 Gift of Sight recipients.


THREE of our 2019 Patient Stories

Brenda Manzo is a single mother of two. Thanks to the work2future program, she is currently a full-time student at the Center for Employment Training studying to become an electrician. Brenda was raised by alcoholic parents and hopes to raise her children in a happy and stable environment.

Here is more about Brenda’s story.


Joes Heeregrave, born in the Netherlands, is a former police officer, pastor, father of three and a community recipient. In 2009, he and his wife, Esther, gave up their careers and everything they owned to become missionaries. They moved to the Silicon Valley in March, 2019 to become missionaries and youth pastors at the Cathedral Of Faith in San Jose. Learn more about his story.


Sara Bartolino a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and mother of three, is deeply involved in the community. Her husband, Steven, included this quote when he nominated her. “Even while Sara was sick, she kept a positive outlook. That’s just who she is. This surgery would be life-changing for her. She is always worried about someone else and it would be awesome to give her one less thing she has to worry about.” Watch more about Sara’s inspiring story.


THREE of our 2018 Patient Stories

  Leonard Vigil III, a San Jose native, served in the United States Marine Corp from 2001 to 2005. On July 1, 2004, Leonard was hit with a roadside bomb and suffered shrapnel wounds and traumatic brain and vision injuries but was able to help all the injured Marines and provide 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.

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 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 served 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.

Nate also worked two years as a certified Combat Lifesaver Instructor.  Due to several service connected injuries, he became a disabled veteran and his eyesight also got blurry.  He plans to continue learning new skills 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 and was a Kent State massacre and Iran hostage crisis activist. After his service, Hank worked at a subsidiary of Lockheed in top-secret communications for the shuttle program. Hank was so surprised at how painless the surgery was and said that even 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, a Santa Cruz, native, was legally blind without glasses or contacts.. 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 Dr. Bailey recommend her for the Gift of Sight Program. One day after her surgery, she said that she could not express how much it has already changed her life.  “I’m so excited!”

Lori T.
San Jose, CA

9/6/2020
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The whole process of my lasik journey from start to finish at Furlong was amazing! They have taken the necessary covid precautions to ensure that you & the staff are entirely safe. I'm 2 days postop and I love my new eyes! It's the best investment money can buy! Thank you to the entire Furlong team! I couldn't be happier with the results. 

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Rachel T.
San Francisco, CA

8/8/2020
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i chose to go with furlong because i have friends who've gone to him and had really good experiences. when it comes to my eyes and quality of vision for the next 20 years, i'm willing to pay for security and quality…i was able to use hsa to pay so that's definitely helpful. i had a great experience overall and i hope this review is helpful for anyone who's unsure!

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Kristin B.
San Jose, CA

8/1/2020
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I'm thrilled! Just had my surgery yesterday and woke up with perfect vision. Everything is meticulously clean here. I started before COVID and had surgery during COVID. Very impressed with how this office quickly adapted to necessary health precautions and kept on providing excellent service. Dr Sane did my surgery. She explained everything, including during the surgery.

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Seneca K.
San Jose, CA

6/4/2020
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I've had such a positive experience at Furlong and I will recommend them to everyone! I've had a few consultations at various places and Furlong was the only place where I felt comfortable and safe the moment I walked in. They have numerous protocols in place and it feels safe and sanitary. Get your consultation at Furlong and you won't regret it!

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Jake B.
San Jose, CA

6/3/2020
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I just finished my last check up since my advanced PRK surgery.  The whole process was amazing and I now have greater than 20/20 vision. Dr. Furlong read about studies in which my eye condition would not be ideal for LASIK and recommended PRK.  I'm glad that the doctor stays on top of his research and recommends the best option to his patients. Office staff was always helpful and I highly recommend this place to anyone thinking about LASIK or PRK.

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Micaela R.
San Jose, CA

5/26/2020
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SANITARY & LIFE CHANGING!!!!! No need to wait this thing out. 

The entire staff was extremely thorough about all the necessary safety measures put in place to keep everything sanitary, and most importantly, everyone safe. It was even comforting to see them disinfecting stations right in front of me! I'm now Day 5 post-procedure and I am asking myself why I waited so long!!!!!! Both Dr. Sane and Dr. Furlong were so helpful in answering all my questions and making sure I felt comfortable throughout my entire experience!

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Danielle B.
San Jose, CA

5/5/2020
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If everything going on with Covid19 has made you consider holding off on your visit I'm here to say it shouldn't. I had my 6 month post lasik follow up today, they screen you onsite and check your temperature even before you enter the lobby. They monitor all employees as well!

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Drew E.
San Jose, CA

2/1/2020
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Dr Furlong and his team did a great job performing lasik. I hated wearing contacts and I'll hopefully never have to wear any again. I don't regret regret coming here one bit. They are highly experienced and made this procedure seem easy.

Gene F.
Milpitas, CA

12/30/2019
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I'm giving Dr. Furlong and the staff at Furlong Vision Correction five stars for restoring my blurry vision to what is now perfect vision. Prior to the surgery in October (which only took ten minutes overall - in and out and you're done,) my vision was terrible due to the formation of cataracts

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Jaibe B.
San Jose, CA

2/26/2020
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I cannot thank Furlong Vision Correction and most especially the staff and Dr. Sane for giving me the gift of vision.

The process, the anxiety, the research all led me to finally getting LASIK. First off my wife and our very good friend all got LASIK & PRK with Dr. Sane. She has done a really good job in every step of the process.

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Morgan K.
Gilroy CA

2/8/2020
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Very happy with Furlong Vision. My Boyfriend went and saw Dr. Sane and she was wonderful! She explained the Cornial Cross Linking (CXL) very well. The tech that helped us prior to seeing Dr. Sane was wonderful as well. Very polite, attentive, and very informative in everything he was doing.

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Renae M.
Santa Rosa, CA

3/19/2020
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I highly recommend getting LASIK at Furlong Vision! Dr. Furlong and his staff were all calm, professional, and helpful throughout the entire process. I got LASIK about 4 weeks ago and my vision is great and eyes are healed.

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Jerry M.
Santa Cruz, CA

11/15/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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