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

Vera working with her sewing machine and magnification

Vera…“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”

“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”
In the early 2000’s, Vera’s sight was severely impacted by a detached retina in her right eye. And a short time later, her left eye was diagnosed with Glaucoma. Today she has a prosthetic right eye and her left eye has 20/2500 vision. Needless to say, Vera could have easily fallen into depression and stopped living her full life. But that’s not how she viewed the world!

Vera was referred to ABVI by her retinal doctor at a later stage of treatment. It was time she lost maximizing her “functional vision” with our help. However, Vera’s made-up for lost time in a big way.

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments

Consumers use smartphones for just about everything.  From photos to driving directions to grocery lists, they’re part of our everyday lives.  Millions of people also use them for their own health to track heart rate, sleep qualilty and steps. Tyson Kim, M.D., Ph.D., a U-M Ophthalmologist, wants to bring them into your family doctor’s office too, as easily accessible retinal cameras.  He’s part of a multi-university research team.  Says Dr. Kim, “we want to use an iPhone for its camera, its computational power and its connectivity.”

uofm-spring-2016-iphone-retinal-toolUofM’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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Insight, by Cassaundra Bell

Cassaundra Bell

Public transportation has had a huge impact on my ability to live an independent life, as I am sure it has the same effect on hundreds of others in our community who are living with visual impairments. But for all its imperfections and frustrations, I'm thankful for it.

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October 26, 2016
  • Montcalm County Support Group

    October 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Commission on Aging, 613 N. State St., Stanton, MI

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  • Mecosta County Support Group

    October 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Mecosta County Senior Center, 12954 - 80th Ave., Mecosta, MI

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October 28, 2016
November 3, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    November 3, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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November 4, 2016
November 7, 2016
  • Kent County Support Group

    November 7, 2016 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

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  • STEPS - Successful Teens Exploring Positve Skill

    November 7, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Call ABVI for information

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November 8, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    November 8, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Avenue, Grand Haven, MI, United States

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  • Pathways to Employment Support Group

    November 8, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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