How Ensight Can Help You
Are you or someone you love experiencing vision loss and living in Colorado? Whether it’s from Macular Degeneration(AMD), Stargardts, Glaucoma, Diabetic eye disease, RP, stroke, head injury, or a number of other circumstances Ensight Skills Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation in Colorado is here to help you and your family.
The Ensight Skills Center is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization that provides visual rehabilitation. We are the only fully comprehensive Low Vision services in Colorado. The low vision community depends on Ensight programs to help them regain and preserve independence and quality of life.
The mission of Ensight Skills Center is to provide individuals with low vision the opportunity to enhance their life skills, independence, and self confidence in a safe environment through training and adaptive technology.
Ensight Skills Center serves anyone having difficulty with activities of daily living related to vision loss. Vision loss has many causes. Some of the most common causes of vision loss are degenerative eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. In most cases, there are no medical treatments that will bring vision back. This is when visual rehabilitation services can help optimize the use of remaining vision through training and adaptive aids. The journey to independence starts with a low vision evaluation.
A low vision evaluation includes:
- Determination of the patient’s goals
- Complete visual function evaluation
- Ocular health assessment
- Low vision device assessment and training
- An occupational therapy evaluation to address activities of daily living
- Referrals to state agencies when eligible
- Referrals to orientation and mobility specialists when necessary
The initial evaluation may take up to two hours. Patients may need more than one visit to achieve their personal vision rehabilitation goals and maximize visual recovery. Home visits by the occupational therapist are available. Patients may also be prescribed visual exercises.
Big News at Ensight
Ensight is happy to report that we have received a five year accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. Thank you to our amazing staff for all of their hard work in getting through the accreditation process.
In other news, Ensight is also happy to report that thanks to the support from all of the Colorado Lions Clubs we have received a SightFirst grant from Lions Club International Foundation. With the funds from this grant Ensight will be working hard to reach out to more individuals than ever before with our Onsite Low Vision Assessments. This includes obtaining and outfitting a mobile unit. This is so huge! We will keep you updated as things advance. For now, please contact Ensight to find out about scheduling an Onsite Assessment at a community space or senior community.
What’s new in Visual Rehabilitation
Ensight has had the pleasure of helping to introduce both MagnaFlyer™ Accelerated Training for Steady Eye and Eccentric Viewing Techniques and the Implantable Miniature Telescope for the Treatment of Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration. These are two amazing new additions to the world of visual rehabilitation and we invite you to check out them out. You can read below about the individual technology and you can also come into Ensight or call for more information about them both.
A new FDA-approved miniature telescope implant is now available to treat the most advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or end-stage age-related macular degeneration, in which both eyes have central vision loss. End-stage age-related macular degeneration can develop from either the dry or the wet form of age-related macular degeneration and is not curable with drugs. The miniature telescope implant helps by using healthy areas of the retina to see instead of the area affected by the macular degeneration. The miniature telescope implant is used in a comprehensive patient treatment program called CentraSight™. The CentraSight treatment program includes several steps, including proper diagnosis, candidate screening/evaluation, and visual rehabilitation.
Below is an image of the device on a fingertip and an illustration of a cross section of an eye with the miniature telescope implanted.
*Images and information taken from http://www.centrasight.com
Think of it as “Dynamic Magnification” for low vision reading.
Now there’s an assistive reading technology for low vision that’s portable, unobtrusive, inexpensive and as close as your computer.
MagnaFlyer delivers a new level of efficiency to reading technology. It combines the functions of a screen magnifier with a new kind of display that enables you to read fluidly without concern for manipulating the reading material. Both these capabilities come in one easy to use software that you can use anywhere you’d use a computer.
It’s unique patented display technology allows for each word to take up the entire screen. The words are displayed in the same location one at a time with an experience much like watching a movie. This eliminates the need for saccadic scanning and eye movement. Most importantly you can for the first time, choose your own reading speed from 100 to 950 words per minute. All you have to do is click “Play” then sit back and simply watch the screen.
For everyday use MagnaFlyer is an onramp to the internet for those with low vision. It helps to level the playing field. With one click it will convert web pages, electronic text, PDF files and email into a proprietary format for easy reading. There’s no special equipment to buy or formatting to do in order to get the benefits.
MagnaFlyer is completely portable. Use it at home, in the class room or at work. All you need is a computer to enhance your reading ability.
MagnaFlyer was developed was to serve two equally important purposes:
Allow the practitioner to more efficiently use their time in session to focus on the client
Give the client a way to achieve more positive results per session encouraging their confidence and reinforcing their own sense of progress.
Hadley School for the Blind
The Hadley School for the Blind is an amazing resource for the blind and low vision population. Did you know though that they also offer classes to family members of blind and low vision individuals? It is the mission of Hadley to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. They have many great programs that offer individuals the chance to learn in an enviroment that they are comfortable in. They also have informative (and fun) seminars avaliable to the public multiple times throughout the month. To find out more please check out the Hadley website at www.hadley.edu or you can call Melody, Ensight’s Outreach Coordinator and new Hadley Ambassador at 970-310-9665 or email at email@example.com.
To learn more about how we can help people with vision impairment, make an appointment at one of our locations in Fort Collins, Greeley, Denver, or Lafayette.
New office locations:
After much searching Ensight is thrilled to announce the addition of our newest satellite offices in Lakewood, Littleton, Stapleton, and Parker! This means that we are more accessible to the population than ever before. For more information on our new locations or to schedule appointments please call 303-757-4500. Ensight has already started booking appointments at our Littleton, Lakewood, and Parker locations.