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March 8, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lighthouse of SWFL named a grant recipient of SWFL Children's Charities

Lighthouse of SWFL has been selected as a recipient of a $22,000 grant from Southwest Florida Children's Charities Inc. at the recently held 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Supporting the Lighthouse of SWFL's Blind Babies and Children's Programs, these generous funds will provide innovative toys and equipment for a creative play space area and after school sports program, which will significantly aid in developing skills for independence for babies and children with major vision loss.

The Blind Babies and Children's Programs offered at Lighthouse of SWFL provide vital services and resources to children and their families to develop independent living skills, prevent developmental delays, and improve cognitive, social, and emotional skills, to name a few.

Lighthouse of SWFL is a United Way partner agency serving individuals with blindness and vision impairment in Lee, Glades, and Hendry counties.

Lighthouse of SWFL, a nationally accredited agency, is funded by the Division of Blind Services, United Way, Lee County Government, and other private donors. For more information, visit, or call (239) 997-7797.

Chronic Disease Self-Management program 'It's All About You'

Lee Health's Lee Health Solutions, in partnership with many local community agencies and supported in part initially by a grant from the Southwest Florida Com-munity Foundation, is offering "It's All About You" a research based Chronic Disease Self-Management program originally developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.

The program is designed for people 18 years of age or older with chronic health conditions to help them learn ways to better manage their chronic conditions and the symptoms that often accompany chronic health conditions.

The workshop is 2.5 hours once a week for 6 weeks and it is free.

The workshop will be offered on Tuesdays beginning March 19, from 9-11:30 a.m., at Shell Point Retirement Community Social Center, 15000 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers. For information or to register, call 239-343-9264.

West Coast Eye Care joins Quigley Eye Specialists

Serving Southwest Florida for more than 30 years, Quigley Eye Specialists, one of the nation's leading multi-specialty eye care groups, announced recently that West Coast Eye Care in Fort Myers has merged with the practice.

"This is great news for Floridians who want exceptional care but don't want to wait weeks for it," said Thomas A. Quigley, M.D., board certified ophthalmologist, cataract surgeon and founder of Quigley Eye Specialists. "We must expand in order to meet the need in our area, and this merger gives patients convenient access to an experienced and caring medical team throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties."

Quigley Eye Specialists provides cata-ract surgery and specializes in glaucoma, dry eye, retinal issues, corneal conditions, bladeless eyelid surgery and routine eye care.

Dr. Rachid Aouchiche, a neuro-ophthalmologist and founder of West Coast Eye Care, said, "Merging with Quigley Eye Specialists was the clear choice for us. They share our patient-centric approach to medicine and unwavering commitment to ensuring each and every patient has their best possible vision."

Although Aouchiche has accepted a position to head the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department at the University of Maryland, he will continue to see patients in Fort Myers once a month with optic nerve diseases, optic neuritis, double vision and other disorders. Board-certified optometric physician Dr. Aaron Judd will continue to see patients every week day from the office of West Coast Eye Care, which will assume the name Quigley Eye Specialists in the very near future.

Quigley will also see patients at 15640 New Hampshire Court office in addition to the other seven Quigley Eye Specialists' offices throughout Southwest Florida.

For more information, please call 239-466-2020 or visit



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