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
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
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
Victim or Inspiration?
Losing my vision was certainly not part of my plan for life, but God had a different plan. And oh what a plan it is. The one thing I see very clearly is the path that led me to where I am today, the Executive Director of the Ensight Skills Center. There were events and… Continue reading Victim or Inspiration?
What Can I Do About Macular Degeneration?
You have control over some of the known risk factors for macular degeneration. If you have macular degeneration, a family history of AMD, or are in the “macular generation” (age 60 or above), you should be particularly attentive to these. However, it is most effective to take these steps well before you are at risk.… Continue reading What Can I Do About Macular Degeneration?
Types of Age Related Macular Degeneration
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One form is known as “wet” and the other is “dry”. It is possible to experience both forms at the same time, in one or both eyes. It is not uncommon for a patient with the “dry” form to develop the “wet” form later. The onset… Continue reading Types of Age Related Macular Degeneration
Ensight Skills Center Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Coloradoans with Low Vision
The Ensight Skills Center (ESC) which was founded on July 7, 2001 will be celebrating 10 years of service this July. It all began with a few visually impaired Lions: Carol Louks, Alan Beatty and Denny (Bettenhausen) Moyer, talking at a Fort Collins Lions Club meeting one day about how nice it would be for… Continue reading Ensight Skills Center Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Coloradoans with Low Vision
Fundraising: Sit 4 Sight 2010
In 2010 Ensight tried something new: We developed a fundraiser that was both active, fun, and unique. Our Sit 4 Sight event raised over $9,000 that went to Ensight and The Curtis Strong Centers for Visual Rehabilitation to help support the Low Vision Programs. The goal of Sit 4 Sight was to get pledges for… Continue reading Fundraising: Sit 4 Sight 2010
How to Talk to Your Doctor About Vision Loss
It’s not always easy to talk to your doctor. Here are some helpful hints.
Our Wonderful Supporters: Lions Clubs of Colorado
We have so many wonderful supporters that help to keep Ensight going strong. First off, Ensight is a statewide Lions Club project. This means that we are lucky enough to have the encouragement and support of Lions Clubs all over Colorado. We exist because of the Lions Clubs. In fact, it was the Fort Collins… Continue reading Our Wonderful Supporters: Lions Clubs of Colorado
Importance of Lighting for Vision Loss
Good lighting is important for performing tasks like reading or sewing; it also creates a safer environment and helps to prevent accidents. As you age, the amount of light entering the eye is reduced, causing a reduction in visual acuity, contrast and color intensity. The type of lighting and its intensity, color and direction all… Continue reading Importance of Lighting for Vision Loss
My Mom is Visually Impaired
When I was growing up, I never understood what visually impaired meant. I was only 4-years-old when my mother was diagnosed with Stargardts, a juvenille onset of macular degeneration. When I was old enough to understand that my mom had difficulties with her vision, I still didn’t comprehend what the problem was. I knew that… Continue reading My Mom is Visually Impaired