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.
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
February is AMD/Low Vision Month
AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.
In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be. Learn more
Coronavirus: How eyes may play a role in its spread
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