The Lighthouse presented a $18,154 check to PATH on Thursday for its Saving Sight program. The funds were raised from the Lighthouse's annual Saving Sight Golf Tournament.
"We had an employee who woke up one morning and noticed he wasn't able to see as well," said Summer Owens, marketing manager for The Lighthouse. "He put off getting an eye exam until the pain was so severe he couldn't function. He had permanent damage to his vision, and the doctors let him know that it could have been prevented with a yearly eye exam. That type of situation happens a lot."
The Saving Sight partnership between PATH and The Lighthouse provides eye exams and eyeglasses at no cost to those in our community who cannot afford them. The program was started in 2011 after a survey identified almost 500 clients in need of eye exams for conditions that can lead to blindness if left untreated.
Since Jan. 1, the Savings Sight Program has provided 312 eye exams and 380 eye glasses.
Smith County residents without Medicaid Insurance can apply for the eye care program through PATH.