Better Vision. Better Hearing. Better Georgia.
In 2012, the Lighthouse served over 6,000 uninsured and low-income Georgians.
Lighthouse services include: The reach of the Lighthouse extends across the state, and services have been provided in every county. The Lighthouse facilitated over 400 eye surgeries last year, provided 4,860 brand new pairs of eyeglasses, and gave 2,620 eye exams. In addition, 962 people received 1,790 hearing aids through our new digital aid program.
To be eligible for services, patients must
Given the lack of available services, many Lighthouse patients have not had proper care for years. The average age of a Lighthouse patient is 55, and those in the hearing aid program are typically over the age of 65. Many clients have hypertension (49%) or diabetes (29%), two of the leading causes of blindness, making ongoing eye exams critical to preventative care.
Without routine care, it is not uncommon for vision and hearing loss to worsen over time, gradually restricting mobility and independence. Others struggle for years with severe impairments that make daily tasks - driving to the store, reading labels, talking on the phone - extremely difficult. The Lighthouse helps restore self-sufficiency and self-esteem: following eye surgery, 95% of patients are more independent and feel safer; 60% are able to drive again, and 22% are able to resume work. We are now accepting interns. Click here to learn about how you can get involved!
Curtis, a skilled craftsman, has been working since he was 15 years old. As a very young boy, Curtis would tag along with his father to work. He watched and learned his craft at his father’s side.
Curtis’ family is a close-knit one, and when his father died a few years ago, Curtis moved home to take care of his elderly mother. Then, at the age of 48, Curtis developed cataracts and quickly lost his sight. His ability to drive, work or even read his mail was gone. He could not take care of himself or his mother. Curtis did not qualify for government assistance and he could not afford the surgery that could save his sight.
When Curtis contacted the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation it was his last chance for hope and help.
The Lighthouse was able to provide Curtis with sight-restoring eye surgery. Now, not only can he see again, Curtis is back working at the trade he learned from his father. “When you've been working your whole life," he says, "then you get to where you depend on everybody else...You don't know what a gift that is to have your sight back.”