For those recently diagnosed with vision loss and their families, VisionAware's blogs cover personal perspectives and responses to vision loss, daily living techniques and helpful products, breaking news on eye conditions and treatments, new resources and organizations, and more.

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  • New Research: Results from the Philadelphia Glaucoma Detection and Treatment Project
    by Maureen Duffy on 6/20/2016

    New glaucoma research, initially presented at the American Glaucoma Society 24th Annual Meeting, concludes that targeting individuals at risk for glaucoma in underserved communities – in this case, Philadelphia – can yield a high detection rate of glaucoma-related diagnoses. The authors conclude that "providing examinations and offering treatment at community-based sites providing services to older adults are effective ways to improve access to eye care by underserved

  • Our Readers Want To Know: Can I Continue Gardening with Vision Loss?
    by Maureen Duffy on 6/13/2016

    Editor's note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware, is the ability to hear from our readers and implement their suggestions for keeping VisionAware relevant, timely, and useful. Most recently, our reader interactions have included several inquiries about hobbies or recreational activities for adults and older adults with vision loss: I would like to help a social director in an independent living facility find activities that are appropriate for

  • An Award-Winning Optometric Student Essay: Ethical Issues in Low Vision Rehabilitation
    by Maureen Duffy on 6/6/2016

    The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting excellence in optometric education. ASCO's activities cover a wide range of educational issues related to optometry, including applicant development and diversity, faculty and executive development, advocacy, and communications. ASCO also recognizes optometric student achievement through a number of annual awards, including the

Visually Impaired: Now What?

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.

  • Happy Birthday Helen Keller!
    by Lenore Dillon on 6/26/2016

    Caption: Helen cutting birthday cake Every year during the week of Helen Keller's birthday, the nation honors her during Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child on June 27, 1880, to Captain Arthur H. and Kate Adams Keller of Tuscumbia, Alabama. At the tender age of 19 months, she was stricken with a severe illness which left her blind and deaf. Tuscumbia is a small southern town located on the Alabama-Tennessee state line. Who would have thought that one of the world’s greatest miracles would have taken place at a pump in Tuscumbia, Alabama? It was at this pump where Helen first realized, through the

  • Vacationing with Vision Loss: Tips and Strategies
    by Sheila Rousey on 6/22/2016

    Terms associated with the word "vacation" include words like "travel" and "fun." Just imagine a time of rest and relaxation away from the routines of daily chores and responsibilities. For those who are visually impaired or blind, going on a trip to an unfamiliar vacation spot can be anything but relaxing or enjoyable without much planning and organizing. If you or a loved one are visually impaired and thinking about going on vacation, consider the following questions. Where do I start? Taking into consideration your personal finances, it is a good idea to start with determining how much money you have

  • 7 Lessons on Coping with Blindness: A Father's Day Reflection
    by Holly Bonner on 6/16/2016

    My parents just sold my childhood home. We shared the house with my maternal grandparents, who I affectionately referred to as “nana and pop.” They occupied the first floor, while our apartment was upstairs. Although by the amount of time I spent with my grandparents, you would have easily been convinced I was actually a downstairs resident. Pop was not an educated man. He never even graduated middle school. Despite his lack of academic credentials, my grandfather was well-versed in the ways of the world. I distinctly remember him sitting at his kitchen table every morning and reading any newspaper he could get his hands on. Pop was both highly

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.

CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.

Raising a Child Who is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.

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