Preserve Vision Florida is a non-profit organization offering 59 years of vision education and services to Florida’s children and adults. Our focus is promoting a lifetime of healthy vision care through advocacy, education, screening and research. You can help Preserve Vision Florida through donation when you renew your vehicle registration and driver license.
Florida’s Leader in Preserving Sight
Screening – We screen the eyes of thousands of children and adults each year. Our vision screenings help support the work of optometrists and ophthalmologists. We reach children who depend on good vision for learning, as well as adults threatened by glaucoma and other serious vision problems. Screenings are open to the public without an appointment. Check our Calendar to see locations and times that our staff will be offering services. If further medical help is needed, we assist individuals who could not otherwise afford services through our partnership with physicians and optical retailers.
Education – We create awareness about the importance of vision care for all ages through seminars, vision screening, special events, public service announcements, brochures and our website.
Research – We support the work of scientists who will find tomorrow’s cures for the eye diseases that threaten Americans with vision loss and blindness.
Advocacy – We work with government officials at the local, state and national levels to make eye health and safety a local as well as national priority. Learn more
Preserve Vision Florida to Honor
Joseph W. Lopano as 2017 Person of Vision
Preserve Vision Florida will honor Joseph W. Lopano, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa International Airport, as the 2017 Person of Vision at the Person of Vision Award Dinner on Monday, February 13 at the Tampa Airport Marriott.
Preserve Vision Florida hosts the annual dinner to honor a person of vision who has had a profound impact on the region or state of Florida through true community leadership and vision.
Previous honorees have included Tampa Maybor Bob Buckhorn (2016), Jeff and Penny Vinik (2015), Betty Castor and US Representative Kathy Castor (2014), and many other luminaries. Learn more
Focus on Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease can affect many parts of the eye, including the retina, macula, lens and the optic nerve.
- Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.
- Diabetic macular edema (DME). A consequence of diabetic retinopathy, DME is swelling in an area of the retina called the macula.
- Diabetic eye disease also includes cataract and glaucoma. Learn more