Rand Paul Spends Day Performing Free Eye Surgeries Back Home in KY

Dr. Rand Paul, Ophthalmologist  says 'I want to return to medicine 'at some point'

 Today he's doing free eye surgeries for people who don't have insurance at home in Bowling Green,  KY

In August, Paul will travel to Guatemala to perform free eye surgeries there

Sen. Rand Paul is brushing up on his skills as an eye surgeon.

The Kentucky Republican, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, spent Tuesday back in his home state performing free eye surgeries for patients. Before he entered politics, Paul was an ophthalmologist.

“I think that we need to have people who are willing to reclaim their place in regular life after politics and not just say, ‘You go into politics and that’s what you’re going to do forever,’ ” he told CNN. “So I envision myself coming back to Kentucky and practicing medicine at some point.”

Paul is prohibited by Senate rules from practicing medicine for profit while he’s in Congress. So he occasionally does pro bono eye operations, as he did during the August recess last year.

CNN says Paul is operating Tuesday on four Paducah patients who need cataract surgery and don’t have insurance. In August, he’s scheduled to go to Guatemala and perform surgeries there.

In 1995, he founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, which provides eye exams and surgeries to needy families and individuals. Paul has long been active in the Children of the Americas program, which provides free eye surgery to children around the world.