Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman
More than 158,000 blind or visually impaired veterans now live among us, according to the Blinded Veterans Association. Each year, some 7,000 veterans become newly blind or visually impaired as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy affect their lives more profoundly. In addition, some 17 percent of the evacuated wounded service members in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a serious eye injury of one type or another.
VisionAware wishes to thank veterans and active-duty personnel for your extraordinary service to our country, and to support you in your fight to be as independent as possible after vision loss.
We have selected a few links to resources that may help you on your journey, from VisionAware, the American Foundation for the Blind, and many other sources.
- To Our Veterans Who Are Recently Coping with Vision Loss
by Shannon Carollo on 11/9/2016
- Lights Out: Veteran, Joe Hobson, Offers His Account of Suddenly Losing His Vision
This is the personal account of a veteran who lost his vision later in life suddenly from a rare eye condition but for whom the military has been an important force in his life.