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

Bill

Bill’s story…“Don’t give up”

Bill lost sight in his left eye at the age of 9, from a tragic accident. The tip of a fishing pole hit the eye. Then in high school, a baseball team member threw a ball and it errantly hit Bill’s right eye. He was left with 15% useful sight in that eye.

These two incidents would change any person’s view of their future. After all, college baseball coaches were watching Bill’s pitching with the potential for a scholarship. That would never happen now. And it was especially painful because his parents didn’t have the financial means to pay for his future education. It would have been easy for Bill to decide that life didn’t have much to offer. But he wasn’t going to let these challenges dictate his future.

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments

“To explore the next generation of treatment options available to our patients, The University of Michigan is opening the Kellogg Clinical Research Center (KCRC).  The faculty scientists and our research volunteers are already seeing tremendous progress in our ability to operate a wider range of clinical trials over the past year from addition of personnel with expertise in clinical trial operations” says Grant M. Comer, M.D., M.S, Assistant Professor at KCRC,

“Our current trials include a study to improve the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, the investigation of a new drug to treat cancer around the eye and the examination of a supplement to treat dry eye disease”, Dr. Comer says.

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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"So, what's it like to be blind?"

Cassaundra Bell

It was a Monday night at the Olive Garden, and the question was asked by an incredibly eager busboy. He nodded at my white cane as I swept it in front of me, while he ushered us to our table. I was dining with one of my best friends, Emily, that night. We hadn't seen each other in such a long time, and I was looking forward to our catching-up. I was already weary from my incredibly busy day as a new social worker with an ever-increasing caseload. And the only question I wanted to be asked by the Olive Garden staff was, "Would you like to sample our wine tonight?"

Instead, I was asked that "What's it like to be blind?" question.

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Events

September 1, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    September 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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September 2, 2016
  • ABVI Active Adults

    September 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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September 9, 2016
  • ABVI Active Adults

    September 9, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ABVI

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