Lighthouse of Pinellas – We See Things Differently
Founded in 1956 by the Lions Club of St. Petersburg, the Lighthouse of Pinellas was originally named the Sight Center.
In 1966 J.B. and Muriel Watson founded Channel Markers for the Blind, an organization providing the same services offered at the Sight Center for residents in northern Pinellas County. In 1984 the two organizations merged to become the Pinellas Center for the Visually Impaired, with the name officially changed to the Lighthouse of Pinellas in August, 2005.
Established primarily as a social club for seniors with vision loss, today LHP employs variety of specially-trained staff certified and/or licensed in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy, mental health counseling and speech pathology to help clients live safe, healthy lives as independently as possible.
During our 60th anniversary in 2016, LHP created this video to honor the people and events that paved the way to exceptional vision rehabilitation and therapy services in Pinellas County.
Lighthouse of Pinellas Changes Lives
Every day, Lighthouse of Pinellas changes the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired by offering a continuum of care addressing the physical, mental and social challenges associated with vision loss for the individual and their family.
Our services enable people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives. Help us make independent lifestyles a reality for those who are blind or visually impaired. Join us and have a significant impact today!
The Gift of Sight
Did You Know…
- In the state of Florida alone, more than 5,000 children (ages birth to 6) are blind or visually impaired.
- More than 19,000 residents of Pinellas County, FL are blind or visually impaired.
- Every seven minutes another person is diagnosed with blindness or a visual impairment.
- In the United States 1 in 5 individuals, 65 years and older, will experience some form of severe vision loss.