Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is delighted to introduce our 2022 Vision Screen Ambassador Gemario! Born in Jamaica, Gemario and his family arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the fall of 2021. Having been treated by an eye doctor in Jamaica for congenital glaucoma, strabismus, myopia and an astigmatism, Gemario’s parents were alarmed when he did not pass his vision screening at St. Sebastian’s.
Because Gemario’s family lacked vision insurance, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff provided one-on-one case-management to help Gemario access necessary vision care. The results of this effort? Germario received new glasses and is continuing treatment to manage his congenital glaucoma thanks to Dr. Randall Melchert and the vision care he so generously donated.
Gemario will be able to read, watch movies, play games, and excel at his favorite activity, math, due to the care he received. If left untreated, Strabismus and congenital glaucoma can lead to blindness, but, supported by his family who makes sure he wears his glasses and takes his medication, Gemario will be solving equations for decades to come!