Visual Impairment, Blindness Cases Expected to Double by 2050 in U.S.

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The number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than eigh mtillion by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and studies funded by the National Eye Institute. The researchers estimated that one million Americans were legally blind (20/200 vision or… Continue reading Visual Impairment, Blindness Cases Expected to Double by 2050 in U.S.

Halloween Eye Ball 2015

The Halloween Eye Ball is Ensight’s annual fundraiser gala that’s Halloween-themed and is held the Friday right before Halloween. Eye Ball 2015 marks the third anniversary of the ticketed event. In the past two years, more than 300 people have attended the event. The 2015 Halloween Eye Ball will be held at the Agave Room… Continue reading Halloween Eye Ball 2015

Halloween Eye Ball 2014: “A Night of Eye-llusion”

We hope you will join us at the second annual Halloween Eye Ball. This year’s festivities will begin the eve of October 24th. Costumes are encouraged! There will be a costume contest so please, get creative! Official invitations will soon be released. So plan to join us … if you dare. Thank you to our… Continue reading Halloween Eye Ball 2014: “A Night of Eye-llusion”

Options for High School Students Who are Legally Blind

Students who wouldn’t have been able to graduate high school are now able to do so from The Hadley School for the Blind. What an exciting accomplishment and opportunity for the students we serve! Students as young as 18 to seniors in their seventies are examples of the agroups that receive a diploma through the School. Because… Continue reading Options for High School Students Who are Legally Blind

Macular Degeneration

This is what it was like to read while using the macular degeneration simulator glasses.

Many of our clients and individuals we see on a daily bases are suffering from Macular Degeneration. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and issues of Macular Degeneration may help you or someone you love. One of the most important things to remember is that any change in vision should be checked out by your primary eye… Continue reading Macular Degeneration

Living and Seeing with Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration (NEI)

Some of my favorite memories are visits from low-vision organizations. Many of the people who come to the groups share stories and experiences along their journey with vision loss. From being diagnosed with macular deneration and receiving shots in the eye, to lifetime achievements and great grandchildren, everyone has a story to share, and I enjoy hearing them all. This leads me… Continue reading Living and Seeing with Macular Degeneration

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month!

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. Because of the high risk for this eye disease, all people with diabetes aged 30 and older should receive an annual dilated eye exam. For people with diabetes younger than 30, an annual dilated exam is recommended after they have had diabetes for… Continue reading November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month!

October is Home Eye Safety Month

Home: the Most Dangerous Place for Eyes Study Shows More Eye Injuries Occur at Home than at Work and School Combined CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2011) – Home may be where the heart is, but it can also be a dangerous place for the eyes. More than half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur… Continue reading October is Home Eye Safety Month

Nutrition for the Eyes

As we begin the process of improving our vision naturally, it is helpful to look closely at how we are nourishing ourselves. We need foods that are fresh, as close to the natural state as possible, and whose water content is high. Gradually changing from the typical North-American diet consisting of white bread, pasta, meat,… Continue reading Nutrition for the Eyes

Ensight’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Ensight Skills Center celebrated 10 years of service to the low-vision community on August 21, 2011, by hosting a BBQ! The mission of Ensight is to provide visually impaired clients and their families with adaptive techniques, training, support, tools and products to maintain independent lifestyles and ensure safety in their home and workplace environments. Ensight… Continue reading Ensight’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Stargardt Disease Research

Stargardt Disease runs in my family. My mother, Denny, was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease when she was 25-years-old. The research being done is fanatastic, and maybe they will know how to repair the damage from Macular Degeneration in the near-future. Below is a great article about gene therapy being used for Stargardt Disease and Age-Related… Continue reading Stargardt Disease Research

10 Summer Safety Tips on How to Protect Your Vision

For more than a century, New Yorkers have trusted Lighthouse International, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss. Our services help people prevent—and overcome the challenges of vision impairment. Here are some important summer safety tips to protect your vision: Always protect your eyes from the sun’s invisible harmful rays. Prolonged exposure to… Continue reading 10 Summer Safety Tips on How to Protect Your Vision

June is Cataracts Awareness Month

This is what someone with cataracts might see.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It… Continue reading June is Cataracts Awareness Month

How Can Occupational Therapy Assist You?

Occupational Therapists work with the visually impaired in a large variety of settings such as low vision clinics, schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, the workplace and in people’s homes. They collaborate and work with other low vision professionals to reduce the impact of vision loss and promote independence.

Depression, Vision Loss and Vision Rehabilitation

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If you’re one of many older adults with vision loss who also experience depression, you’re not alone. While depression is not an inevitable consequence of vision impairment, it is common. An estimated one-third of older adults with vision loss report clinically significant depressive symptoms1. These may begin at the initial diagnosis of an eye disease, or they may appear many years later when vision problems worsen