Empowering People With Vision Loss
Founded in April, 2017, our mission is to empower people with permanent vision loss. Hope Vision Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers patients with low vision and vision loss. By improving access comprehensive vision rehabilitation and adaptive aids, we empower patients to regain their independence and improve their quality of life. We know that excellent eye care and awareness go hand-in-hand. Because of this, we work with local public and private organizations to provide vision education to the community. See our calendar for upcoming events.
Based in the Washington South Sound area, Hope Vision Foundation locally serves over 40,000 people suffering from low vision. Only 2% of Low vision patients seek vision rehabilitation. Therefore, barriers including; accessing services, device training, and concerns about costs of care a devices must be tackled. Hope Vision Foundation is here to help by providing individualized resource connections and education services for low vision patients.
Erin Seefeldt, MD: PresidentAs an ophthalmologist I spend my life working to protect, restore, and preserve vision. It is always difficult to tell a patient that there is nothing more I can do medically or surgically to restore their vision. Often they are deeply saddened and concerned about their independence or caring for their loved ones. Hope Vision Foundation allows me to give patients with vision loss the tools they need to maximize their vision.
Patrick Munson, MD: Vice PresidentI became an ophthalmologist after my own experiences with poor vision as a child and temporary vision loss due to injury. Fortunately, those conditions were correctable, but I never forgot how debilitating even small amounts of vision loss can be to a person’s independence, happiness, and sense of self. Now, as an eye surgeon, I work hard to promote eye health and preserve vision. Hope Vision Foundation expands the spectrum of services available to my patients!
JoAnn Egan, RNPeople rank the ability to see second only to life. As a nurse I see more and more patients facing visual impairment making it harder to maintain independence, confidence, and livelihood. That’s why Hope Vision Foundation is exciting for me. We help folks make the most of their vision to be as independent as possible, and stay active in their workplace, church, hobbies, and most of all their families.
Don Felthouse, Veteran and Vision Rehab SpecialistFor nearly 50 years, Don has selflessly served his country, his fellow Veterans, the blind community, and has impacted countless lives. His greatest strength is his compassion, his “out of the box" way of thinking and teaching, his incredible ability to work with people across all walks of life. He has always served selflessly, working long hours, always a “yes, I’ll be right there!”.
Genevieve Rodgers-Llerena: Executive DirectorI have been fortunate to have had help from family and friends while dealing with the diagnosis of my son’s permanent disability and his vision problems. Many have not been so fortunate. As a business woman I don’t often get the chance to make a profound impact in the lives of others but, Hope Vision Foundation gives me the the opportunity to impact the lives of people with vision loss and their families, so that their future is brighter.
Gabi McNabb, RN, MBA: SecretaryMy friend was a vibrant, social, independent woman who loved to play bridge, read and volunteer until her eyesight started to deteriorate. She seemed to loose a little of herself with each change. She wished that there was somewhere close that had options for people with vision issues. When asked if I wanted to be a part of Hope Vision Foundation I said I'd love to. We can make a difference in people’s lives by bringing services, education, and equipment to the people of the South Sound.
Shannon ForslinA friend of mine suffered a brain tumor that slowly took away his sight over time. The world he knew was slowly fading and he knew eventually all he would be able to “see” would be his memories. His quality of life did not have to suffer. Any person faced with the reality of losing their independence due to low vision should have advocates that offer solutions for support, education and rehabilitation services that are personally tailored to meet their needs.