Hope for those with Visual Impairment

Vision Loss can be a traumatic experience. This is especially true if you have just begun to lose your vision (Low Vision). Having Low Vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, you find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, and writing can all seem challenging.

Your doctor may not be able to restore your vision, but Low Vision services can help you make the most of what is remaining. You can continue enjoying friends, family, hobbies, and other interests just as you always have. The key is to not delay use of these services.

We help individuals living with Low Vision or Blindness thrive in a sighted world

Lisa sittiing in her chair, smiling

“I want to be proactive about my vision loss”

Lisa’s a busy individual…grad student, flautist, mother of a teenage boy and wife. She’s also doing everything possible to utilize her diminished vision, to live a full life.

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments

Glaucoma medications work — if people take them.  But at least half of glaucoma patients don’t, putting older adults at higher risk for causing a car accident or potentially losing their sight.  Ophthalmology research teams are borrowing counseling techniques that have worked for patients with diabetes.  They discuss daily routines for taking glaucoma eye drops…addressing each person’s unique reasons.

“Just telling people to take their medications isn’t working. We’ve been doing that for years,” says Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., of the Kellogg Eye Center.

“A successful strategy is listening to patients who are ambivalent, and discussing what activities could be jeopardized if they lost their vision. It’s part of getting at what’s their motivation.”  For some that may mean going bowling. For others, it could be attending family events such as a wedding or graduation.

The number of adults living with glaucoma will nearly double by 2030.

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UofM’s W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and ABVI have a new alliance to improve access and rehabiliation services for individuals  who are visually impaired.

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Independence, accessibility and privacy are important when I cast my vote

Cassaundra Bell

I had never even considered sending in my ballot by mail. To me, the joy of voting comes from the unifying process – millions of Americans, all over the country, standing in lines and making our voices heard, all on one day. But my experience with the AutoMARK machine on this Election Day, made me reconsider this.

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January 23, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Holland Support Group

    January 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Village At Appledorn, 630 Hastings Avenue, Holland, MI, United States

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  • Newaygo County Support Group "TWESI"

    January 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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January 24, 2017
  • ABVI RP/Ushers Support Group

    January 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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January 25, 2017
  • Montcalm County Support Group

    January 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Commission on Aging, 613 N. State St., Stanton, MI

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January 27, 2017
February 2, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    February 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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February 3, 2017

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