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You don’t understand how much this means to me

Diana was born in Mexico and came to Colorado Springs with her family when she was 6 years old. Now several years later, she lives with her mother and step-dad, and she has been diligently studying full-time for a college education. Earlier this year, Diana started experiencing severe eye pain and headaches before she scheduled an eye evaluation. She has been undergoing a series of tests to determine her diagnosis, but the source of her trouble is still unclear. Last week, Diana had eye surgery, but still has a long way to go before her problem is resolved. She has not been able to go to school like before because of the pain she’s experiencing. She cannot obtain work because she does not have a green card (which her family currently cannot afford). The family was struggling financially even before these medical issues came up, and Diana decided to ask for help. EverythingForSight.org has been able to help Diana with the cost of her surgery and hopefully with getting on the road to recovery. “You don’t understand how much this means to me,” she says. “As soon as I get through this… I am going to fix everything else holding me back. So once again, thank you for giving me […]

The Gift of Sight

Arthur* approached Everythingforsight.com this summer requesting financial assistance following cataract surgery. The year prior he had lost his wife and having been in survival mode for several months, he was weary and very apprehensive of his path going forward.

Izetta’s Story: Saving her sight from Cataracts

Izetta is a Colorado resident who has been graciously taking care of her two grandchildren by juggling two jobs to pay the bills. Last year, she noticed that her vision had deteriorated quite substantially, and she was unable to perform many tasks that she was able to before. She didn’t realize it yet, but Izetta had developed cataracts in both eyes, and they had progressed to the point where her vision couldn’t be fixed with anything but surgery. Since she worked two jobs for the sake of two extra mouths to feed, this also meant that her annual income put her just above the limit to qualify for Medicaid. She made too much, and yet made too little to be able to afford the cost of surgery. And if she couldn’t afford surgery, what would happen to her grandchildren when she couldn’t see to do her work anymore? She was stuck. Then she heard about EverythingForSight.org, and was suddenly hopeful as they presented options that were obtainable to Izetta. After hearing her story and ascertaining her income, they took the necessary steps to request a small investment toward her care. They covered the direct cost of surgery for not just one eye, but for both! Izetta was so grateful that […]

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in the United States and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. These injuries account for approximately100,000 physician visits per year at a cost of more than $175 million.

March is Eye Safety in the Workplace month

At EverythingForSight.org, we are dedicated to preserving and restoring vision .  Although most of our efforts are focused on the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases, eye safety is very important to us.  This month, we’re asking for YOUR help. Did you know that each year, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur, and 50,000 people permanently lose part or all of their vision?

February – Low Vision Month

Dr. James Barad, founder, and Sandra Beers, CEO, of ForSight were recently featured on KRDO’s SeniorTalk . They discussed the diagnosis and management of Low Vision, and what ForSight is doing to help those who suffer from it.

Happy New Year!

If you are reading this, you’re using your eyes.  Like breathing, sight is something we rarely think about until our eyesight starts to deteriorate, or even worse we lose sight. Of the five senses we use everyday, we depend on sight the most.  So, it’s no wonder that the Department of Health and Human Service’s National Health Calendar includes eye health, safety, and disease prevention for almost every month throughout 2015.  The calendar is attached and you’ll notice January hailed as National Glaucoma month. If you’re unsure what glaucoma is, here is a brief synopsis: Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, the part of the eye that carries vision from the retina (the light sensitive part of the eye) to the brain.  Glaucoma causes a progressive loss of vision, usually starting in the periphery (outside edge of vision), moving centrally, until all vision is lost.  There are many different types of glaucoma.  Most are associated with higher than normal pressure inside of the eye; therefore, treatment often involves lowering the pressure through the use of medications, lasers, or surgery.  Because glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable blindness, eye care professionals screen for this condition during every complete eye examination. This is only a brief summary of […]

Did You Know?

The CDC recently reported that vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the USA?