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

Vera working with her sewing machine and magnification

Vera…“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”

“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”
In the early 2000’s, Vera’s sight was severely impacted by a detached retina in her right eye. And a short time later, her left eye was diagnosed with Glaucoma. Today she has a prosthetic right eye and her left eye has 20/2500 vision. Needless to say, Vera could have easily fallen into depression and stopped living her full life. But that’s not how she viewed the world!

Vera was referred to ABVI by her retinal doctor at a later stage of treatment. It was time she lost maximizing her “functional vision” with our help. However, Vera’s made-up for lost time in a big way.

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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.

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center Logo

"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 28, 2016
  • Montcalm County Support Group

    September 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Commission on Aging, 613 N. State St., Stanton, MI

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  • Mecosta County Support Group

    September 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Mecosta County Senior Center, 12954 - 80th Ave., Mecosta, MI

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September 30, 2016
  • ABVI Active Adults

    September 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ABVI

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October 3, 2016
  • Kent County Support Group

    October 3, 2016 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am
    ABVI

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  • STEPS - Successful Teens Exploring Positve Skill

    October 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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October 6, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    October 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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October 7, 2016
October 10, 2016
  • Newaygo County Support Group "TWESI"

    October 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hesperia Public Library, 80 South Division, Hesperia, MI

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  • Jr. STEPS

    October 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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October 11, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    October 11, 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

    October 11, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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