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 Honors
Joseph W. Lopano as 2017 Person of Vision

Joseph W. Lopano

Joseph W. Lopano

Preserve Vision Florida honored 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.

Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s account and watch Mr. Lopano’s acceptance speech.

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 Glaucoma

January is National Glaucoma Month, shining a light on the “Sneak Thief of Sight” that can lead to blindness. Over 2.2 million Americans over age 40 suffer from glaucoma but have no symptoms.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

Who is at risk for open-angle glaucoma?

Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people, listed below, are at higher risk than others:

  • African Americans over age 40
  • Everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

A comprehensive dilated eye exam can reveal more risk factors, such as high eye pressure, thinness of the cornea, and abnormal optic nerve anatomy. In some people with certain combinations of these high-risk factors, medicines in the form of eyedrops reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by about half. Learn more

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