Galveston Resident Chosen to Go to Washington, DC, Speak on Behalf of Those Affected by Vision Loss

Rosemary Moore Joins Prevent Blindness Delegation from Texas to Advocate on the Importance of Eye Health Program Funding

HOUSTON (June 16, 2014)—Galveston resident Rosemary Moore will join Prevent Blindness as well as delegates across the country in the 9th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” program. The program provides citizens the opportunity to meet with congressional and senate members and their staff to discuss vision care issues. The delegation is scheduled to visit the offices of local senators and representatives on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Rosemary Moore is a former Prevent Blindness Texas employee and now long-time volunteer from Galveston. Moore conducts vision screenings throughout Galveston County, providing Prevent Blindness Texas’ programs and services to those in need.

In addition to her work with Prevent Blindness Texas Moore is also a member of the West End Lion's Club, a part of Lion's Club International, the world's largest service club organization. Prevent Blindness Texas believes that Moore is the perfect advocate for vision care issues due to her passion in providing eye care services to those in need in Galveston County.

“By providing constituents with the opportunity to speak with their elected officials face-to-face, we hope to demonstrate the importance of providing funding of programs and access to care that helps prevent vision loss,” said Debbie Goss, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Texas.

The Eyes on Capitol Hill meetings have been scheduled to specifically ask elected officials to:

  • Provide $1,000,000 in FY 2015 to maintain the Vision Health Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Provide at least $3,319,000 for the Glaucoma Project at CDC. 
  • Support the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (the Center) in developing a public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a continuum of vision and eye health care for children.
  • Provide $730 million in FY2014 funding for the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Cosponsor H.R. 3749, the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act.
  • Join of the Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC).

For more information on Prevent Blindness and its advocacy initiatives, please visit or call 1-888-98-SIGHT.

About Prevent Blindness Texas

Founded in 1956, Prevent Blindness is the state’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness Texas touches the lives of thousands of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the Texas public. Through a network of regional offices and volunteers, we are committed to eliminating preventable blindness in Texas. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-888-98-SIGHT or visit us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or blog.

Read the Eyes on Capitol Hill Press Release.