Ophthalmologists host a forum to answer your questions about vision loss

If you or someone you love is visually impaired, there’s a free forum to answer your questions and educate you on options.

The Lighthouse Guild helps people thrive despite vision loss and aims to educate the community about prevention options. It contains “VISION FOR LIFE: What you need to know to prevent vision loss during COVID-19 and beyond”. The free virtual forum is February 24 at 4 p.m.

You can register for the free forum by clicking here.

As the pandemic has forced heavy use of screens and blue light, people are facing issues with blue light eye strain, headaches and sleep disturbances. In addition, some were hesitant to seek treatment in person from ophthalmologists.

Panelists will include Dr. Calvin Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, April Jasper OD, FAAO of West Palm Beach and Dr. Terence P. O’Brien of Palm Beach Gardens.

“It’s the person behind the eyes that’s most important, so how they use their eyes,” explained Roberts, who thinks being an eye doctor is the best job in the world. “The greatest joy an ophthalmologist experiences is seeing someone’s life change as a result of their work. Truly. When the opportunity for a grandparent to see the faces of his grandchildren he has never seen.

Dr. Roberts encourages people to have regular eye exams because some problems can be discovered before they are even noticed.

“In most conditions in ophthalmology, early detection is really key,” he said.

Major advances in medicine and technology have been made in recent years.

“New innovations in the treatment and care of some of the most serious eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Have the potential to not only prevent vision loss but, in some cases, reverse it. To actually restore some of those people’s vision,” Roberts said.

Lighthouse Guild offers a wide range of services to help people adapt and improve their quality of life, including physical therapy, technology training and education.

“At Lighthouse Guild, what we love to do is teach people how to use their computers without seeing like they did when they had sight. So there’s a lot of things we can do, from enlarging the on-screen text to the use of text readers,” Dr. Roberts said.