Big Night Out: Friends for Sight

October 25, 2007 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Evan and I are involved in a non-profit organization in our state called, “Friends for Sight.” If you live in the area, you might already be aware of the preschool, high school, and glaucoma screenings that this organization offers to thousands of Utahans each year.

A close business associate Kory and his wife Laurel, recommended that Evan and I get involved with this group after learning that Evan has suffered from a very aggressive an early onset case of Glaucoma. In Evan’s late twenties, when he was working very long stressful hours at his job, he started to notice some strange things happening with his vision. While reading, he kept sensing that the lights were dimming and that shadows were appearing on the pages he was looking at.

After seeking medical attention, it was determined that he had already suffered significant vision loss in his left eye and some in his right as well. Since that initial diagnosis, he is required to use daily eye drops to keep his eye pressures low, and also underwent a revolutionary eye surgery that will help keep his pressures low as well. We are very fortunate that we have such an amazing medical facility in SLC, The Moran Eye Center.

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” and Glaucoma are the two eye diseases that can cause irreversible vision damage and blindness in those that are not treated early. I cannot tell you how I wish we could have caught Evan’s issues a year earlier! Once the nerve is damaged, there is nothing that can be done to repair the lost sight. Early detection and treatment is the solution for these eye diseases.

Every year, all FFS volunteers gather for a dinner to honor two distinctive individuals for their life long dedication to service in our community. One of these people was Patricia Richards, who works professionally as a Banker at Wells Fargo, and has done amazing things to revive and combine the Utah Symphony and Opera. The other person honored was Dr. William Caine, who both teaches at the University of Utah Medical School, and through his own private practice, has shown extraordinary acts of kindness and attention to the people he serves. Both outstanding people, and so inspirational to learn about what they have accomplished in their lives.

To learn more about the Friends for Sight program, you can go to their website at: http://www.for-sight.com/.

You might have heard or seen the Friends for Sight ads. I received a notice from FFS after my daughter was screened at her preschool. To support the cause, “Check the Box” when your register your vehicle, license plate, and license plate tag.

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