Help Mr. Alsup's Vision Treatment!

Hi all! My name is Joshua Alsup and I am a high school math teacher in Columbus GA! For as long as I can remember (even back to 2nd grade!) I have had severe vision problems. I was finally given a set of glasses in the 5th grade, and ever since then I've had to have the prescription updated yearly (for reference, I'm 28 now. That's a long time!).

Wellp, as luck would have it the most recent visit spurred some bad news. I was told that my vision is deteriorating at a rapid rate, and that I would need surgery to correct it. Even after surgery, it is possible my eye sight could deteriorate from there. The doctor did not have an explanation for it, other than "it needs to get done within the next couple of years." I've been trying to put money aside since then, but I am in dire need of help.

**EDIT: As of 2/13/18, according to Dr. J Brooks at West GA Eye Care Center, the information I received at my last visit is not accurate. While my vision is truly poor (-10.75 in the left eye, -10.13 in the right eye) my vision is stable given my situation and I do not suffer from any disease in my eyes. This contradicts my previous information given to me that I had to the best of my knowledge. I am, however, still moving forward with trying to get treatment.**

This is where I am asking you to step in and help out. I am completely aware that this seems selfish. I've investigated my insurance policies and the only thing they will cover (through a VSP plan and my BCBS) is a 15% discount on an included treatment center, or 5% off of any "discount program." I'm not looking for discount programs; I'm looking for as best of treatment that I can get in my region. It was determined that I am not a candidate for LASIK or PRK.

EDIT: It is officially going to cost me $10,000.00 I uploaded the payment form in an Update on the page. :)

As I move through the plan to get corrective surgery, I will be constantly updating this page and profile. Everything from doctor visits, to treatment center, before and after. All of it. I also plan on having several videos uploaded soon to demonstrate just how rough of a scenario this is.

The funds are due at the time of surgery, so while I plan on taking debt to make the surgery happen, I'm hoping to crowdfund as much of it as possible. The target date for corrective surgery is June 2018 (right after school ends for the year!).

Even if you are unable to help me with a donation, simply sharing my story will dramatically increase my chances of reaching someone who can. Every share counts. I thank you so much in whatever way you decide to participate. :)

**This story was edited to reflect new information for accuracy** :)
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Joshua Alsup 
Columbus, GA
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