January is Glaucoma Awareness Month—it’s a time to check in with your loved ones to remind them about the importance of staying up to date with their regular eye exams. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to find out if you have glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain groups such as African Americans over age 40, anyone over age 60, people with a family history of glaucoma, and people who have diabetes are at higher risk.
Dorothy Jackson is a 78-year old participant in our Adult program, who is diagnosed with glaucoma among other health conditions including diabetes. She came to Lighthouse Central Florida in 2019 seeking help to keep her independence after struggling with her vision loss for over 35 years. "I was devastated to learn from my doctor that I would no longer be able to drive". Lighthouse linked her to paratransit resources that allowed her to continue to travel safely within her community.
"Receiving services at Lighthouse has given me the courage to deal with my blindness. Even though it is tough, I am surrounded by other people with vision problems like mine or even greater who support each other".
Despite the challenges that Dorothy has faced, Lighthouse Central Florida has given her a place to express how she feels and connect with others who are dealing with similar struggles. She continues to be an active member of her community, utilizing Lynx to travel to places such as her hair salon, as she enjoys doing her hair every two weeks.
Your support of vision rehabilitation services at Lighthouse Central Florida--especially during times of crisis and uncertainty--ensures that services and training continues for Central Florida's community of blind and visually impaired babies, children, teens, adults and seniors.
If you or someone you know is struggling with vision loss related to glaucoma, please know that Lighthouse Central Florida provides services that can help. Just contact us.
President & CEO
Lighthouse Central Florida