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2022 Person of Vision: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castor

Preserve Vision Florida is pleased to announce the honoring of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor as our 2022 Person of Vision on February 22. At that time, we will also celebrate Preserve Vision Florida’s 65th Anniversary of providing vision services to Florida’s children and adults.

The Person of Vision award annually honors visionary leaders who have had a profound impact on the region or the State of Florida through true community leadership and vision. Established in 1979, the Person of Vision Award has recognized visionary leadership in the arts, business, education, public service and community engagement. Continue reading


Preserve Vision Florida is a non-profit organization offering 64 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.


Preserve Vision Florida: 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


Coronavirus: How eyes may play a role in its spread

Our eyes might play an important role in the spread and prevention of the coronavirus outbreak seen throughout the world.

To cut your personal risk of contracting the coronavirus, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. The mucous membranes that line various cavities in the body are most susceptible to transmission of the virus.

Patients who have contracted the coronavirus may have ocular symptoms including Conjunctivitis – an inflammation of the membrane covering the eyeball. This is often referred to as “pink eye” and often presents as an infected/red, “wet and weepy” eye. Conjunctivitis is very contagious, and a patient can cause the spread from one eye to the other. Learn more


January is National Glaucoma Month

Over 2.2 million Americans over age 40 suffer, but have no symptoms from the “Sneak Thief of Sight” that can lead to blindness.

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. Learn more

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