Empowering, Energizing, and Inspiring the Visually Impaired



Empowering, Energizing, and Inspiring the Visually Impaired


Hi.  I'm Sharona Washington-Lockett. I'm an author, public speaker, and advocate for children and adults with eye health conditions.

My mission is to help children, parents, medical staff, and advocates
 navigate, learn, empathize, and be prepared to live a differently-abled life.

Patients


Feel empowered, feel inspired, gain community, and learn you're not in this alone.

Parents


Gain hope, understanding, and information on how to better advocate for your child. 

Providers


Learn to empathize with the patient experience and see the human beyond the doctor's chair.

Advocates


Learn to make progress in eye health policy at the local, state, and national levels. 

Hi.  I'm Sharona Washington-Lockett. I'm an author, public speaker, and advocate for children and adults with eye health conditions.

My mission is to help children, parents, medical staff, and advocates navigate, learn, empathize, and be prepared to live a differently-abled life.

Patients


Feel empowered, feel inspired, gain community, and learn you're not in this alone.

Parents


Gain hope, understanding, and information on how to better advocate for your child. 

Providers


Learn to empathize with the patient experience and see the human beyond the doctor's chair.

Advocates


Learn to make progress in eye health policy at the local, state, and national levels. 

Education & Speaking


As someone who can offer a unique perspective, with thorough experience and understanding from both the patient and healthcare side of the table, I offer numerous educational opportunities and speaking options.

Topics can be geared toward medical staff providers, parents, patients, and even policy advocates. I am an expert on issues of pediatric and adult patient perspectives, anti-bullying, and empowering parents and patients for the journey ahead. I strongly believe in the importance of perseverance and the power of positive thinking.

Education & Speaking


As someone who can offer a unique perspective, with thorough experience and understanding from both the patient and healthcare side of the table, I offer numerous educational opportunities and speaking options.

Topics can be geared toward medical staff providers, parents, patients, and even policy advocates. I am an expert on issues of pediatric and adult patient perspectives, anti-bullying, and empowering parents and patients for the journey ahead. I strongly believe in the importance of perseverance and the power of positive thinking.

Sharona takes the listener on a journey. Through her storytelling skills, she elucidates the impact of a congenital vision condition on not only the patient, but also the family. She beautifully describes the challenges, trials and tribulations, while also acknowledging the advances in medicine and the power of communicative relationships between patients and their providers. Her story touches on patient advocacy, children’s health and vision, and she always leaves the listener feeling uplifted and hopeful.

Julie Grutzmachaer
Prevent Blindness Director of Patient Advocacy and Population Health Initiatives

Sharona takes the listener on a journey. Through her storytelling skills, she elucidates the impact of a congenital vision condition on not only the patient, but also the family. She beautifully describes the challenges, trials and tribulations, while also acknowledging the advances in medicine and the power of communicative relationships between patients and their providers. Her story touches on patient advocacy, children’s health and vision, and she always leaves the listener feeling uplifted and hopeful.

Julie Grutzmachaer
Prevent Blindness Director of Patient Advocacy and Population Health Initiatives

Buy The Book


I decided to give children something I did not have as a child. I know how helpful this would have been for me when I was having so many eye surgeries as a kid.

It's a children's book called "Roni's Big Day" that is geared towards kids aged 4-8 who are going to have surgery. In this book, readers join Roni on a five-day journey as she prepares for her surgery with the help of her family and best friend Snuggums.

The book emphasizes the importance of having a support system and teaches children that it's okay to be scared in new situations. This book is an informative and fun way to explain to children how to prepare for surgery and helps introduce the concept to children who may not have experienced it before.

Buy The Book


I decided to give children something I did not have as a child. I know how helpful this would have been for me when I was having so many eye surgeries as a kid.

It's a children's book called "Roni's Big Day" that is geared towards kids aged 4-8 who are going to have surgery. In this book, readers join Roni on a five-day journey as she prepares for her surgery with the help of her family and best friend Snuggums.

The book emphasizes the importance of having a support system and teaches children that it's okay to be scared in new situations. This book is an informative and fun way to explain to children how to prepare for surgery and helps introduce the concept to children who may not have experienced it before.

Upon hearing Sharona tell the story of her journey, I felt instantly connected to it. I have a child with a vision impairment. As a parent, it is daunting to hear that your child has an issue that may render them vision loss. Also, not having resources or information is scary. Eye Am Sharona is that open door that I wish was available to my daughter and I then. I am excited for her and everything she is doing to bring awareness and knowledge.

Tiffany Smith
Parent of Vision Impaired Child

Upon hearing Sharona tell the story of her journey, I felt instantly connected to it. I have a child with a vision impairment. As a parent, it is daunting to hear that your child has an issue that may render them vision loss. Also, not having resources or information is scary. Eye Am Sharona is that open door that I wish was available to my daughter and I then. I am excited for her and everything she is doing to bring awareness and knowledge.

Tiffany Smith
Parent of Vision Impaired Child

Meet Sharona


I was born with a congenital cataract, and since then, I have undergone over a dozen surgeries from several highly experienced ophthalmologists.

Despite this, I have never let my condition hold me back and believe that I am not a label, but whoever I want to be.

I am an author, public speaker, and advocate for children and adults with eye health conditions, and I am determined to bring awareness and change to the health community.

I would love to connect with you!

Meet Sharona


I was born with a congenital cataract, and since then, I have undergone over a dozen surgeries from several highly experienced ophthalmologists.

Despite this, I have never let my condition hold me back and believe that I am not a label, but whoever I want to be.

I am an author, public speaker, and advocate for children and adults with eye health conditions, and I am determined to bring awareness and change to the health community.

I would love to connect with you!

Sharona has been an inspiration for both me and my patients in the short time that I have known her. As a pediatric ophthalmologist focused on cornea and cataracts in children, I was pleasantly surprised that Sharona was willing to step up and be a strong Patient Advocate for my pediatric patients and their families in their time of need, based on her own experiences navigating through complex eye disease.

I particularly remember referring one family after a trauma in their daughter’s eye that left them devastated and in need of emotional support. I turned to Sharona to provide first-hand knowledge and guidance on how to regain strength during their difficult time. She was willing to work with not only this family, but any family I may refer to her in the future (and I definitely plan on doing so!) to be an advocate in both any children’s eye health and quality of life after eye surgery.

On a personal level, Sharona resonates a level of compassion and dedication to others which reminds me why I went into medicine – to help people like her achieve their fullest potential. I have worked with her in an educational capacity training the future generation of eye surgeons and she was personally invested in ensuring their success. Interacting with Sharona shows me that children with eye diseases can not only live, but can thrive and leave deep lasting impacts on the lives of those around them. Sharona is an excellent inspirational public speaker who will undoubtedly influence many people for generations to come.

Shazia F. Ali, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea/External Disease

Sharona has been an inspiration for both me and my patients in the short time that I have known her. As a pediatric ophthalmologist focused on cornea and cataracts in children, I was pleasantly surprised that Sharona was willing to step up and be a strong Patient Advocate for my pediatric patients and their families in their time of need, based on her own experiences navigating through complex eye disease.

I particularly remember referring one family after a trauma in their daughter’s eye that left them devastated and in need of emotional support. I turned to Sharona to provide first-hand knowledge and guidance on how to regain strength during their difficult time. She was willing to work with not only this family, but any family I may refer to her in the future (and I definitely plan on doing so!) to be an advocate in both any children’s eye health and quality of life after eye surgery.

On a personal level, Sharona resonates a level of compassion and dedication to others which reminds me why I went into medicine – to help people like her achieve their fullest potential. I have worked with her in an educational capacity training the future generation of eye surgeons and she was personally invested in ensuring their success. Interacting with Sharona shows me that children with eye diseases can not only live, but can thrive and leave deep lasting impacts on the lives of those around them. Sharona is an excellent inspirational public speaker who will undoubtedly influence many people for generations to come.

Shazia F. Ali, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea/External Disease

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Let's Connect!


If you're a patient, I want to help you feel empowered. If you're a parent, I want to help you feel hope and optimism. If you're a provider, I want to provide a place where you can learn about the patient experience.

Whatever your situation, I would love to connect with you!

Let's Connect!


If you're a patient, I want to help you feel empowered. If you're a parent, I want to help you feel hope and optimism. If you're a provider, I want to provide a place where you can learn about the patient experience.

Whatever your situation, I would love to connect with you!