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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Confronted with the reality of limitations with my vision loss

Cassaundra Bell

There are some days when I am absolutely confronted with the reality of limitations with my vision loss. Moments where I go, "Yep, I am definitely visually impaired!"

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April 28, 2017
May 1, 2017
  • Kent County Support Group

    May 1, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am

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    May 1, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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May 4, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    May 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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May 5, 2017
May 8, 2017
  • Newaygo County Support Group "TWESI"

    May 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hesperia Public Library, 80 South Division, Hesperia, MI

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  • Jr. STEPS

    May 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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May 9, 2017
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    May 9, 2017 @ 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

    May 9, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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