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Those with Low Vision Facing New Challenges Amid the Coronavirus

If you have low vision or a vision impairment, you know visiting the doctor, grabbing groceries from the store, or staying active and healthy each have their own familiar challenges. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, these somewhat simple tasks may come with a whole new set of challenges - social distancing, lack of reliable transportation, and local services closed to in-person appointments.  Leaving the house while coping with these new circumstances can be stressful, on the other hand, staying at home can cause you to feel isolated.  To help ease the stress, keep you safe and healthy, and help you cope with isolation, we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Through occupational therapy, someone with a visual impairment can learn to fully utilize their remaining vision.  By making recommended changes around your home, work, or school you can adapt your environment to meet your needs.

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March is National Save Your Vision Month

How often have you heard someone say “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”? This especially applies to situations we don’t want to deal with, and try to avoid as long as we possibly can, such as cleaning the garage, doing yard work, or making that long overdue doctor’s appointment. There is no better time than during “National Save Your Vision Month” to schedule your annual eye exam.

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National Read Across America Day!

March 2nd is National Read Across America Day or Dr. Seuss Day.  The goal of Read Across America Day is to encourage and celebrate reading. 

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Frequently Asked Questions – What is Low Vision?

What does “low vision” really mean?  If someone with a vision impairment has “low vision”, does that mean someone with 20/20 vision has “high vision”?  Is “low vision” an eye condition or a result of an eye disease?

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February is National AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month – Get the Facts!

Age-related Macular Degeneration is one of the most common eye diseases in older adults.  Age-related Macular Degeneration affects the central vision and can begin almost undetected.  Regular check-ups by an eye care professional are especially important to catch this disease early and start treatments to retain as much usable vision as possible.

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FAQ’s – What is the best optical magnifier for me?

When choosing an optical magnifier, the most important thing to do is talk to your eye care professional, such as an Optometrist, low vision specialist, or Ophthalmologist.  Your eye care professional is going to be your best source in finding which magnification level will work for your vision. 

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Take Action and Protect Your Vision During National Glaucoma Awareness Month and Beyond

Did you know that Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States? It affects more than 2.7 million people currently, and it is estimated for numbers to double by 2050. Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, it is a good time to take control of your eye health and pick up that phone to schedule the long overdue eye exam.  

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Organizing Your Home – Important Tips for Those with Low Vision

Keeping your home organized is efficient, time-saving, and reduces stress.  When you are blind or have low vision, keeping your home organized is also important for your safety and independence.

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Crossword Puzzle Day!

Do you get up Sunday morning, grab a pen, a cup of coffee and your newspaper? What happens when your vision starts to change and it becomes too difficult to see to complete the crossword puzzle, read the newspaper, or participate in your favorite hobbies? Feeling like you are missing out or have had to give up some of your favorite pastimes, can get you down. Don’t be discouraged! Many have felt the same way, but there is technology available that can assist you. 

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