For proper protection, sunglasses should offer the following:

• Ability to absorb and block 99-100 percent of UVA/UVB light

• Sufficient size to shield eyes, eyelids and surrounding area

• A close fit and UV-protective side shields are ideal

• Durability and impact resistance

• Polarized lenses to eliminate glare, especially if driving, in the snow or on the water.

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Department of Justice unveils new online Americans With Disabilities complaint form

The Department of Justice recently announced that individuals wishing to file ADA complaints with the Department will be able to fill out the form and submit it completely electronically. Filers will also immediately receive a “reference number” that can be used whenever contacting the Department about that complaint. Please visit to view the new electronic form. As of March 15, e-mail complaints are no longer accepted by the Department. However, complaints are still accepted by U.S. mail. Contact the Department’s ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY or Text Telephone) to receive a paper complaint form by mail.

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Company offers voice-controlled TV remote plus audio-described programming

Comcast announced the consumer launch of its new remote with voice control, which lets viewers search for networks, shows and movies; set DVR recordings; navigate Xfinity On Demand and more. For more information, call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) or visit

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Two national conventions held in July offer valuable information and resources for the visually impaired

If you have never been to a gathering of more than 2,000 people living with all levels of vision impairment, consider making your summer plans around one of the following consumer conferences. These events are organized with many purposes in mind. People living with sight impairment ranging from mild to profound can learn about public policies, participate in social events, workshops for personal and professional growth and acquire knowledge of new technologies and products to enhance daily life. Consider one of the following adventures this summer – and of not this year hopefully in the future.


American Council of the Blind, 54th Annual Conference and Convention The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International will meet at this event. For more information, visit


75th National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention For more information, visit


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Vision Matters Community Day

More than 30 million Americans over the age of 40 will have cataracts by the year 2020. Are you aware of what you should know before cataract surgery? Don’t miss an opportunity to learn the causes, types, prevention and state-of-the-art treatments of cataracts, and more at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital on June 23. The prestigious Brady Lecture will feature expert keynote speakers Rachel Bishop, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Eye Institute (NEI), NIH and Stephen Pappas, Jr., M.D., from the Center for Retinal Diseases and Surgery. Visit exhibits of local vision support resources and receive eye health education materials, as well. This free event includes a complimentary light lunch and parking. Everyone is welcome!

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2015 Technology Petting Zoo – Thursday May 14

With today’s emphasis on technology, it is important to find the best solutions for staying connected. Attend the Low Vision Resource Group meeting at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library on May 14 for a showcase on how tablets and e-readers can enhance reading opportunities for people with vision impairment.

Attendees can have hands-on experience with iPads, Kindles, iPhones, NOOKs and other e-readers. Kevin Osborne, Adult Services Manager, and Kym Robertson, Librarian I and Talking Book Service Manager, will be our guest presenters. Learn how accessible technology can expand your world!

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Learn about current efforts for a cure

If you have been told you have age-related macular degeneration, join this special program and hear from Catherine Cukras, M.D., Ph.D., Ophthalmologist and Retina Researcher at National Eye Institute (NEI), NIH. Learn how you can become part of future NIH sight-loss solutions. Dr. Cukras will provide an overview of the AMD public health threat the United States is facing as baby boomers age. It is predicted that people at risk of developing this sight-threatening disease will more than double by the year 2030. Learn about current studies designed to help us better understand the progression and impact of AMD and other eye disorders.

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March 8 event was a banner day for POB

Kudos to Drs. Suleiman Alibhai, Donald Gagliano and Michael Summerfield for their realistic, hopeful and candid presentations at the March 8 Vision Rehab Town Hall Meeting. Take-home messages from the event included important information about state-of-the-art rehab opportunities for U.S. Military Veterans as well as a new training emphasis on low vision care for all current ophthalmology residency programs throughout the country.

In the District of Columbia metropolitan area, POB is proud of the progress and growing commitment the ophthalmology community is making to offer patient education and vision rehabilitation referrals. A lively discussion at the Town Hall meeting included concerns about new therapies and low vision procedures that require many months of adaptation and training with questionable outcomes. Thanks to POB’s co-sponsors Sibley Senior Association, The Beacon Newspapers, numerous exhibitors and most importantly the 85 attendees who provided this event with a spirited audience and great participation. Follow up on this event’s topics with information on empowering macular degeneration resources at this month’s Macular Degeneration Network meeting.

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Learn sun safety facts with two Lunch & Learn Events

For most of us, the eyes are the most cherished of our senses. Yet we could be exposing them to danger every time we go outside.

Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin, potentially leading to vision loss, conditions such as cataracts, and eye, eyelid and intraocular cancers. Simple daily protective strategies will help keep your eyes and the sensitive skin around them healthy. Join POB for two informative Lunch & Learn events in May called “Sunlight and Your Eyes,” at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Friendship Heights Village Center. Learn the facts and myths about UVA and UVB light rays, high-energy visible light, who is at risk, how sunlight damages the eyes and what defenses are available to protect your sight. Please register for these programs to receive light lunch.

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Author and executive coach Sheridan Gates will be hosting a special event at Friendship Heights Village Center on Monday April 27, 2015 in celebration of the launch of her new book,  ”Losing Sight, Finding Vision: Thriving Throughout Life’s Losses.”

In her book, Gates shares the practical lessons of her personal and professional journey confronting vision loss and career reinvention.

Gates is also a member of the Stargardt’s Network, a share group and listserv sponsored by The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. Stargardt’s disease is a form of macular degeneration, usually affecting people before the age of 20. Lectures, meetings and events allow members with Stargardt’s and their family and friends to connect.

Join us for this special event with a book signing to follow!

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