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.

Eyedrops being applied to any eye

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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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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Events

December 12, 2016
  • Newaygo County Support Group "TWESI"

    December 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hesperia Public Library, 80 South Division, Hesperia, MI

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  • Jr. STEPS

    December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Call ABVI for information

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December 13, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    December 13, 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

    December 13, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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December 16, 2016
  • ABVI Active Adults

    December 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ABVI

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December 19, 2016
  • Mason/Oceana County Support Group

    December 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Ludington Senior Center, 308 South Rowe Street, Ludington, MI

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  • STEPS - Successful Teens Exploring Postive Skills

    December 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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December 21, 2016
  • Muskegon County Support Group

    December 21, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
    United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 East Clay Avenue, Muskegon, MI, United States

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December 23, 2016
  • ABVI Active Adults

    December 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ABVI

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