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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 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

I am so glad you were chosen to be the Prevent Blindness Texas Person of Vision in 2021. Your story about your own eye problems which started in infancy, and how you bravely dealt with it over the years with the support of your family and physicians was so inspiring. Your presentation was clear, heartfelt and inspiring. I know you will be a powerful advocate for eye health, and a resource for those who struggle with their own eye problems. I am very proud to know you.

Dr Ann Stout

Sharona’s passion for advocating for patients and access to care is evident in almost all she does. Her ability to weave the most important lessons learned about life and her medical journey set her apart. This is a story of hope and challenges and it relates to all of us, but especially those of us in the healthcare industry. She is thoughtful in her approach and anyone in the room can and will benefit by understanding her life’s work, which as a child, she may have not embraced but as an adult, she clearly understands how her story can help teach, motivate and bring hope to others. A lifelong battle with vision issues provides a different perspective, and one that is worth listening to. Her calling is to help all of us better understand vision and how important each patient is.

Heather Shirk Patrick

President and CEO
Prevent Blindness Texas

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

Sharona is an outstanding speaker. Listening to her own journey for her vision through the healthcare system as both a child and adult has provided her the tools to teach others how to advocate for themselves. Listening to her speak is inspirational and was helpful to remind myself as a physician why I went into this profession in the first place.

Dr. Eric Crowell

Clinical Director, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology