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Associated with Lions Clubs of South Carolina Multiple District 32
Our Client Stories
Tracey is a 47 year old single mom struggling to make ends meet each day. From a previous work injury and a recent diagnosis of congestive heart failure, the odds seemed to be stacking up against her.
When her vision issues began she didn’t know how she could possibly address yet another medical condition. Eventually, she lost the ability to drive. Her vision had become too blurry and she was slowly losing her independence. Thankfully, through the help of the Easley Lions club she was able to seek treatment with Jervey Eye Group. Tracey then learned that she had glaucoma and would soon need surgery to save her sight. At this point, she lost all hope. She could never afford this surgery she so desperately needed. She sobbed in the doctor’s office.
As a long time provider of services to clients of Lions Vision Services, Jervey Eye Group contacted us to see if we could be of assistance to Tracey. She has now had the necessary surgery on both of her eyes and says she is “thankful to God” for our help.
During this time Tracey’s mother has become very ill and this surgery has given her the ability to care for her whether at her home or during various stays in the hospital. They are both forever grateful to Lions Vision Services.
Betty Jennings has been a foster parent to a young adult who is disabled since he was a teenager. He depends on her 100%. Recently, Ms. Jennings noticed she was having some vision loss and soon learned that she had Glaucoma. This condition is caused because the intraocular pressure in her eye is too high and has begun causing optic nerve damage.
Through assistance from Lions Vision Services, Ms. Jennings received a laser procedure that will lower and help control her eye pressure and reduce additional vision loss.
Ms. Jennings is thankful for the Lions and the work they do. She stated, “This means the world to me”, and to her foster son as well. Maintaining her vision is vital to her independence and ability to care for him.
Life changing surgeries are not in the reach of many individuals who have fallen on hard times. Thankfully, Mr. Wood heard about Lions Vision Services and reached out for help.
Mr. Wood previously ran his own plumbing business until four years ago when he suffered a stroke. The past four years have been a struggle and when his vision starting fading he didn’t know what he would do.
Eventually, Mr. Wood heard about Lions Vision Services and contacted us. He suffers from Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) which results in the abnormal growth of new blood vessels on the retina and optic nerve. Mr. Wood received a laser treatment a couple of weeks ago to shrink the vessels and prevent further damage as has already occurred in his other eye. He then had surgery to repair a complex retinal detachment to prevent permanent vision loss.
It has been a long road for Mr. Wood, but he is so thankful for the Lions and was excited to tell me how he wants to give back one day when he is able.
You can follow the link below for a simulation of the vision issues associated with PDR.