February 6, 2018- Cincinnati, OH- Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired is celebrating Low Vision Awareness Month by reminding people in the Greater Cincinnati area of our wide range of professional, individualized services to help individuals adapt to significant vision loss.
With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. According to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), currently 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, this number is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision.
Low vision is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV difficult for people. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed.
CABVI ‘s vision rehabilitation services can help people with vision loss to maximize the use of their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life by teaching them how to:
- Use prescribed low vision aids for improved use of remaining vision.
- Move safely around the home, neighborhood, workplace or school.
- Continue to read, cook, and do other activities in adaptive ways.
- Use access technology and information services to participate in the community.
- Find resources, adaptive devices, and support.
Perhaps you have a family member or friend who needs help to adapt to their vision loss. Or maybe you are a healthcare provider or community professional who works with people with low vision. If so, you are well positioned to refer people with vision loss to CABVI for vision rehabilitation services. For more information, please contact CABVI at 513-221-8558. Additional information about low vision and other services CABVI provides is available at www.cincyblind.org.