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

“No one told me what I couldn’t do”

When her daughter, Kathy, learned about Pauline’s diagnosis, their family had a meeting to discuss how they could help their mother. As Kathy explained, “It broke my heart when I learned my mother couldn’t read”

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments

Telemedicine Eye Exam Access for Diabetics

Virtual collaboration between primary care physicians and ophthalmologists may one day help prevent the top cause of new blindness in the U.S.

After a nationwide telemedicine, diabetic screening program in England, diabetic retinopathy is no longer the leading cause of blindness there.

Similar e-health programs could grow in the U.S., where diabetic retinopathy remains the main cause of new-onset blindness.  The number of people with diabetes is projected to more than double to 366 million worldwide by 2030.

The Kellogg Eye Center conducted a study of older adults regarding this service.  Patients say they will use them if conveniently offered.  A telemedicine program could ease the burden on patients who face high costs of care, lack of access to care or have difficulty with transportation or getting time away from work.

Early detection and treatment is key to prevent blindness from diabetic retinopathy, but fewer than 65 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes undergo screening.

“Telemedicine has been shown to be a safe method to provide monitoring for diabetic eye care. If physicians plan to change the way that people get care, we must create a service that is appealing and tailored to the patients,” says senior study author Maria Woodward, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology at Kellogg Eye Center.



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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February 27, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Holland Support Group

    February 27, 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"

    February 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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February 28, 2017
  • ABVI RP/Ushers Support Group

    February 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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March 2, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

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

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March 3, 2017
March 6, 2017
  • Kent County Support Group

    March 6, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

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  • STEPS - Successful Teens Exploring Positve Skill

    March 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Call ABVI for information

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March 10, 2017

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