Glaucoma Gave This Podcast Host A New Kind of Vision — And a Will to Do More | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis

Glaucoma Gave This Podcast Host A New Kind of Vision — And a Will to Do More | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis

Glaucoma Imparted This Podcast Facilitator A Novel Sort of Perception — And An Urge To Do More | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis

For podcast host and St. Louis native, Jovan McNeill, glaucoma has been a transformative force in his life. After being diagnosed with the condition at the age of 28, McNeill has gone on to become a prominent voice in the glaucoma awareness community and has used his platform to share his story and empower others.

McNeill was first made aware of his condition after experiencing a sudden decline in his vision. After seeing an ophthalmologist, he received the diagnosis of glaucoma, which is an eye disorder caused by increased fluid pressure in the eye. The diagnosis was a shock to McNeill, who was not aware that glaucoma was something that could affect people of all ages.

In the wake of his diagnosis, McNeill started to explore ways to use his experience to help others. He began by creating a podcast, called “The Glaucoma Show,” which highlights stories from people living with glaucoma and provides information about the condition. Through this platform, McNeill hopes to create a better understanding of the condition and encourage people to be proactive with their eye health.

“I want to make sure that people know that glaucoma is a real thing,” said McNeill. “It’s not just something old people get. I want to help people realize that, if they catch it early, they can avoid vision loss.”

In addition to his podcast, McNeill has also become an advocate for glaucoma awareness and research. He has worked with the Glaucoma Research Foundation to increase public awareness and funding for glaucoma research and has also partnered with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to create educational resources for people living with the condition.

McNeill’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and resilience. Despite the challenges that come with living with glaucoma, McNeill has found a way to use his experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

“I want people to know that, even if you have glaucoma, you can still make a difference in the world,” said McNeill. “I want to be a source of hope for people who are going through similar struggles.”