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.

Crafting Vision October 19, 2017


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

Each morning when I wake up, my vision has changed from the night before

Brandon is enjoying a special time of his young, adult life. He’s 32,Both he and his wife are also successfully employed. He’s at Old Orchard in Quality Assurance and his wife is a kindergarten teacher in a nearby school. Together, they have years of life ahead as a young family. married to his college girlfriend and, together, expecting their first child.

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments


Glaucoma treatment

In a first for glaucoma treatment, the Kellogg Eye Center is among the first eye centers in the country to use a tiny tube, implanted in the eye, to preserve vision.

Millions of Americans have glaucoma, a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. When fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye rises to a level that may damage the optic nerve.  If left untreated, glaucoma will cause a slow but steady loss of vision.

The XEN® Gel Stent creates an opening between the inside of the eye and the eye’s outer layer to allow fluid to drain, potentially decreasing pressure in the eye. This helps preserve vision by reducing intraocular pressure to a normal level.

It’s a part of the advent of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices to help adults with mild-to-moderate glaucoma.


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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Humor and Vision Loss

Cassaundra Bell

We all have different ways of coping with and accepting the challenging aspects of our lives, and coping with the changes that come with receiving a new diagnosis, like vision loss.

For me, when I first recognized that I was legally blind, I was very angry. I wanted to avoid talking about it, thinking about it, or even acknowledging that my vision was worse than my peers. At the time,

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July 26, 2017
  • Montcalm County Support Group

    July 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Commission on Aging, 613 N. State St., Stanton, MI

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July 28, 2017
August 3, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    August 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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August 4, 2017
August 7, 2017
  • Kent County Support Group

    August 7, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

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  • STEPS - Successful Teens Exploring Positve Skill

    August 7, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Call ABVI for information

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August 8, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    August 8, 2017 @ 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

    August 8, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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