New Website Offers Life-Changing Support for Adults with Vision Loss
Are you or a family member having difficulty seeing? Or perhaps been diagnosed with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy? If the answer is yes, you're not alone: vision problems affect 25 million Americans, and are on the rise.
To support this growing community, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation have launched VisionAware, a free, easy-to-use informational website for adults with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals.
According to a 2010 study published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Studies, individuals with low vision problems often do not hear about low vision rehabilitation services from their ophthalmologists and other medical providers.
VisionAware fills in this gap. The new VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from AFB and Partners for Sight (Senior Site and the former VisionAware) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance for adults of all ages with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss.
"Of the services available today that help people newly diagnosed with vision loss, we anticipate that VisionAware will be a superlative resource for finding help and support on living fully and independently," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "By combining our efforts with the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, we can better serve the million of adults coping with vision loss."
"This partnership will strengthen our goal of serving adults who are losing their sight," said Susan Olivo, Executive Director, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. "For this growing community, it's paramount for them to know that help is available."
Visitors to the new VisionAware will find:
- Free, practical tips and resources for adults with vision loss, their families, friends, caregivers, and related professionals
- Information on eye diseases and disorders
- Different ways to connect, including message boards and social media channels like Twitter and Facebook
- Breaking news on the latest developments in vision loss treatment via the VisionAware blog
- Directories of helpful services, products, and resources
The new VisionAware completes AFB's family of websites, which are designed to expand possibilities so that people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.