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

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.

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

Asking for Accommodations

Cassaundra Bell

Asking for accommodations can be challenging. Even though part of my job is to teach adults with disabilities how they should ask for reasonable accommodations in the workplace, I sometimes struggle with finding the right balance between graciousness, assertiveness and general education in my own experience. I live in the tension between just wanting things to be accessible immediately, and then knowing that accessibility will not happen until I speak about the need, and allow myself to be vulnerable to the possibility of disclosing my disability during the process.

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February 20, 2019
  • Muskegon County Support Group

    February 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 East Clay Avenue, Muskegon, MI, United States

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February 22, 2019
  • ABVI Active Adults

    February 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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February 25, 2019
  • Ottawa County - Holland Support Group

    February 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Village At Appledorn, 630 Hastings Avenue, Holland, MI, United States

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  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    February 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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February 26, 2019
  • ABVI RP/Ushers Support Group

    February 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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