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What Is Low Vision? | Ask an Eye M.D. | Anatomy of the Eye | Normal Vision Changes | Eye Examination | Symptoms of Vision Problems | Types of Eye Care Professionals | Preparing for the Visit to Your Eye Care Specialist | Questions to Ask Your Eye Care Specialist | Questions to Ask About a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury | For Doctors: Talking to Your Patients About Visual Impairment | Women and Eye Health | Vision Simulation Video

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD Landing Page. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable and progressive retinal eye disease and the leading cause of low vision, severe vision loss, and legal blindness for people aged 60 and older in the United States.

Macular Degeneration: An Overview | Risk Factors for AMD | How Does AMD Affect Vision? | Symptoms of AMD and Diagnosis | Difference Between Wet and Dry AMD | Treatments for Dry Macular Degeneration | Treatments for Wet Macular Degeneration | The Implantable Telescope for End-Stage AMD | Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) | AMD Resources

Cataracts

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An Introduction to Cataracts and Cataract Surgery | Vision Changes Related to Cataracts | What Causes Cataracts? | Different Types of Cataracts | Symptoms of a Cataract | Diagnosing a Cataract | Considering Cataract Surgery | Risks of Cataract Surgery | After the Decision to Have Surgery | Types of Artificial Lenses | How Is Cataract Surgery Performed? | Recovery Time After Cataract Surgery | Can a Cataract Come Back? | Information and Resources

Introduction to Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetes Guides in English and Spanish with Lessons Following Seven Self-Care Behaviors | Coping with Loss as a Result of Diabetes and Visual Impairment | What Is Diabetes? | Diabetic Eye Disease | Managing Your Diabetes | Blood Glucose Levels | Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia | Treatments for Diabetic Eye Disease | Resources and Support | Atlanta Diabetes Support Group | Taking Charge of Diabetes, a Doctor's Story |

Glaucoma

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An Overview | Glaucoma Facts | Risk Factors | Detecting Glaucoma | The Different Types of Glaucoma | Treatments for Glaucoma | Glaucoma Eye Drop Tips | Vision Loss from Glaucoma | Patient's Guide to Living with Glaucoma

Retinitis Pigmentosa

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How Is Retinitis Pigmentosa Diagnosed? | What Is the Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa? | Resources for More Information About Retinitis Pigmentosa | Kathy: Retinitis Pigmentosa and the Argus II "Bionic Eye" | Amy Bovaird: Mobility Matters

Glossary of Eye Conditions

Learn more about a variety of eye conditions that can cause vision loss and problems with everyday functioning.

Macular Hole | Charles Bonnet Syndrome: Why Am I Having These Visual Hallucinations? | Albinism | Amblyopia | Aniridia | AZOOR | Conjunctivitis | Dry Eye | Floaters, Retinal Tears, and Retinal Detachments | Keratoconus | Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) | Refractive Error and Astigmatism | Stroke

A Glossary of Vision-Related Terminology

A glossary of vision-related terminology.


Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss

Personal Stories: Living with Vision Loss

Stories of people living with vision loss

Veterans Personal Stories | Eye Conditions Personal Stories | Recreation & Leisure Personal Stories | Using a Computer Personal Stories | Getting Around Personal Stories | Family & Friends Personal Stories | Working Life Personal Stories | Eye Care Professional Stories | Brain Injury Personal Stories | Living and Coping with Vision Loss

Handling the News About Your Vision

The examination is over. The test results are in. Your eye care specialist has arrived at a conclusion and is prepared to give you a diagnosis. Maybe it's advanced glaucoma, or macular degeneration. The specific condition is probably less important to you at this moment than the effect it is having—or soon will have—on your life.

"Getting Started" Kit for People New to Vision Loss | Reclaiming Your Life | Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine | From Personal Loss to Personal Growth and the Road to Independence

Coping with Vision Loss

Some experts have likened initial reactions to vision loss to the "stages of grief," defined by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, after the loss of a loved one—taking one from denial to anger and depression, and finally, acceptance. Navigating the various stages successfully begins with understanding how they affect you and those around you. With understanding comes the ability to straightforwardly address conflicts, allay fears, and move forward.

Reading to Enhance Mental Health and Well–Being | The Coping with Vision Loss Study | Questions Children Ask About Blindness and Vision Loss | Recognizing People You Know | Meeting New People

A Guide to Vision Loss for Family and Friends

For Family and Friends of Adults with Vision Loss

Introduction to Blind Parenting Series | Steps to Take to Get Help for You and Your Family Member | Communication Tips | When the Caregiver Is Blind or Visually Impaired | Sandwich Generation: What It Means for the Caregiver Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired | Taking Care of Yourself

Skills You Need for Everyday Living

Essential Skills for Everyday Living with Vision Loss

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Reading, Writing, and Vision Loss | Learn to Use Your Other Senses to Help You Cope with Blindness and Vision Loss | Personal Self-Care | Managing Your Medication | Eating Techniques | Cooking and Meals: Master Your Kitchen | Using the Telephone and Telephone Adaptations for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision | Orientation and Mobility Skills | Vision Rehabilitation Services | Money Management | Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss | Shopping | Housecleaning Tips | Household Organization

Helpful Products and Technology for Living with Vision Loss

The best products to help you adjust to vision loss.

Using Apps After Vision Loss | AccessWorld® Product Reviews | Overview of Low Vision Devices | Using a Computer | Gift Ideas | Selected Clocks | Choosing a Clock | Selecting an Adapted Watch | Products and Devices to Help You Identify Your Medications

Organizing and Modifying Your Home

Home Modification

Lighting and Glare | Labeling and Marking | Redesigning Your Home: Room By Room | Safety in the Home | House Hunting with Vision Loss | Adaptaciones del hogar | Home Evaluation | Contrast and Color | Home Adaptations Video

Recreation and Leisure for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Recreation & Leisure Section under Everyday Living Folder.

Arts and Crafts After Vision Loss | Playing Cards and Games After Vision Loss | Enjoying Cultural Activities When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired | Gardening Tips | Sports and Exercise with Visual Impairment | Getting Ready for the Holidays | Television with Vision Loss | Audrey Demmitt: Summer Camp Experience | Dating 101 for People with Vision Loss

Home Repairs

In this section, we'll introduce you to adaptations and organizational tips for basic home repairs, furniture repair, simple carpentry, and basic auto maintenance.

Gil's Guide to Home Repairs | Gil's Guide to Woodworking | Home Repairs Safety and Preparation Checklist | Organizing Your Workshop Area | Hanging Pictures | Making Car Repairs

Driving and Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives for People with Vision Loss

Driving Safety for Older Adults | Driving with Low Vision | Deciding When to Stop Driving | Finding and Hiring a Driver | Accessible Public Transportation | Traveling on Trains and Buses | Air Travel and Vision Loss

Working Life

Employment and Workplace Adaptations for Adults Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Is vision loss beginning to affect your job performance? Is it becoming difficult to travel to and from your workplace? Do you want to learn more about your legal rights? Are you looking for resources and information that can help and support you? If these are your concerns, or those of your family members, relatives, co-workers, and friends, be assured that you don?t have to face these challenges alone.

Your Legal Rights | Reasonable Accommodation | Americans with Disabilities Act | Social Security Disability Benefits: A Basic Understanding | How Employment Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

Resources for Employment and Training

There are a number of helpful resources available, in addition to the services you receive from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, state or local community-based vision rehabilitation agency, and other employment, educational, and training organizations.

Training in Assistive Technology | Individualized Plan for Employment | Vocational Rehabilitation | Job Training Programs

Workplace Technology

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Assistive or Adaptive Technology | Figuring Out What You Need | Cost of Workplace Adaptations | How to Use a Video Magnifier

CareerConnect Stories

CareerConnect Our Stories

Angela Winfield: The Power of Thinking Less and Believing More

Working as a Senior with Vision Loss

More than 35 million Americans are already over age 65. As baby boomers continue to age, that number is expected to double by the year 2035.* What does this mean to you? It means that shifting demographics are also shifting attitudes, and you now have a little more of an advantage. Instead of giving up and booting yourself out the door because you are getting older and/or experiencing vision loss, consider these demographics.New to vision loss? Our How Can I Keep My Job? | Employers and Older Workers with Visual Impairment | Exploring Opportunities for Work | What Do I Need to Know About Today's Job Search? | AFB Radio Dramas Related to Finding a Job as an Older Person | Learn What Other Seniors Have to Say About Finding or Keeping a Job | Empowerment to Work | Reasons to Keep Working | Videos on Setting up a Home Office | Employment of Older Persons Who Are Visually Impaired Video


For Seniors with Vision Loss

Age-Related Vision Loss

Just as the body changes with age, our eyes undergo changes, too. Our eyes function differently in our 60s than they did in our 30s. Such changes in vision are normal, offer few serious risks, are not caused by disease or illness, and, in general, can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Other changes in vision, however, can be a sign of eye disease.

Ask an Eye M.D.

Life Changes

As we grow older, life brings many changes, some positive and some not so positive.

Esther's Insights: Speak Up for Yourself! | Evolving Family Dynamics: Adult Children | Sandwich Generation: What It Means for the Caregiver Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired | When the Caregiver Is Blind or Visually Impaired | Your Rights: Practicing Self-Advocacy | Loss of a Spouse and Bereavement

Health and Aging

Medication Management
Fitness and Fun
Vision Loss and Other Medical Concerns

Vision Loss and the Challenges of Aging | Managing Your Medication | Fitness and Fun | Dr. Elizabeth Cleino, Advocate for Wellness | Low Vision and the White Cane: A Tool for Fall Prevention | Understanding Home Health Services

Retirement Living and Vision Loss

Trying to decide where to live in retirement is often a difficult decision to make. Do you want to live in sunny Florida or a place with four seasons? Do you want to live near your children, grandchildren, other family members?

Changing Your Home | Adaptations in the Community | Checklist for Choosing a Retirement or Assisted Living Community | Help for Seniors with Vision Loss: Tips for Assisted Living Staff Members | Recreational Activities for Seniors with Visual Impairments

Get Connected

About VisionAware

If you have just begun to deal with vision loss, you probably have many questions, frustrations and even fears. VisionAware was created to help you answer those questions, cope with those frustrations, and connect with others who are dealing with the same issues.

VisionAware Contributors | Partners | Acknowledgements | History | Link to Us

Past Newsletters from VisionAware: Resources for Independent Living with Vision Loss

Newsletter from VisionAware: Resources for Independent Living with Vision Loss

It's December! Tune into VisionAware and Explore Our New Look and Holiday Gift Guides | October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month | Finding Balance | July—A Time to Celebrate the ADA and Independence | VisionAware Celebrates Another Birthday! | VisionAware in Bloom | March Blows in a New Look to VisionAware | February Is Low Vision and AMD Month | VisionAware Brings in the New Year | Interesting Things You May Have Missed on VisionAware | Moving into Fall 2015 | July- Independence, Celebrations, and Challenges | VisionAware Celebrates 3rd Anniversary | May Focuses on Aging and Vision | March Madness—Full of Basketball and Much More! | February 2015-Low Vision and AMD Month | January 2015-A Time for Resolutions | 2014 Holiday News | October-Special Month for People with Disabilities | September--Healthy Aging Month | End of Summer News | July Brings Independence and Fun | June Tribute to VRTs | VisionAware Turns Two | May—Healthy Vision Month | April Showers 2014 | VisionAware March Madness | Happy Valentine's Day | Happy 2014 from VisionAware | Happy Holidays | Happy Thanksgiving_2013 | Getting Started Kits Launch in October | September News—Healthy Aging Month | Heading into Fall-August 2013 | From Independence to Advocacy | VisionAware celebrates VRT Week | May Is Older Americans Month! | Take Our New Survey and Read VisionAware News Online | Making Holiday Cookies | Using a Pusher | Plastic Trays as Organizing Tools | New Ways to Chop Your Veggies | Luggage Locator | Using a Power Strip | Wearing a Visor | Grocery Shopping | Comparison of Stand and Handheld Magnifiers | Organizing Your Music | A Simple and Safe Way to Plug In Appliances | Staying Safe in Your Community

VisionAware Peer Advisor Life Support (PALS) Program

VisionAware Peer Advisors

Sandra Burgess, MSW, LCSW | Beckie Horter | | J Steele-Louchart | Joy Thomas | Holly Bonner, MPA, MSW, CASAC | Trina Bassak, DPT | Susan Kennedy | Sheila Rousey, MA | Elizabeth Sammons | DeAnna Quietwater Noriega | Michelle Miller, LCSW | Sue Wiygul Martin, LVT and VRT | Empish J. Thomas | Lynne Luxton, CVRT | Lenore Dillon, CVRT | Lynley Hood, MSc LittD | Josephine Defini, LCSW | Marta Fonmudeh, TBVI, OMS, RT | Linda Fugate, EdD, CVRT | Stephanae (Steph) McCoy | Lora Felty | Lynne Tatum | Angela C. Winfield, Esq. | Nancy Duncan | Lynda Jones, CVRT | Audrey Demmitt, R.N. | | Mary Hiland | Steven Wilson | Chelsea Stark | Maxwell Ivey | Amy Bovaird | Ashley Nemeth | Leann Gibson

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