Overcoming barriers to vision rehabilitation
No matter your age, assure your path to independence at POB’s premiere Low Vision Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 19. The goal of this event is to serve as a springboard for advancing your access to comprehensive low vision rehabilitation and technology. Be a part of the solution.
Keynote speaker Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., director of POB’s Low Vision Learning Center, will be joined by Ashley Deemer, O.D., Low Vision Rehabilitation Fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute / Low Vision Service and Michael Summerfield, M.D., director of MedStar’s Ophthalmology Residency program.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and exhibits. This free event is a partnership of POB with Sibley Senior Association and the Village of Friendship Heights.
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What is a town hall meeting?
A town hall meeting is exactly what it sounds like: members of a community coming together to discuss an issue or issues of common concern. Most town hall meetings are open to the public and encourage participation from the audience. The primary purpose of a town hall meeting is to provide information to the community and collect feedback. This format is well suited to raise awareness of an issue.
In preparation for the town hall meeting, it may be useful to be reminded or become aware of the following information provided by the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) at NEI.
Did you know that 4.2 million Americans are visually impaired, and of these, 3 million have low vision? By the year 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have visual impairment is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision. These numbers will further strain the availability of low vision support services and are the root cause of a looming public health crisis.
So what is low vision and what are its causes? Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, watching TV, or driving may be hard to do. Low vision is usually caused by eye diseases or other health conditions. Eye injuries or birth defects can also be the cause. Whatever the cause, lost vision often cannot be restored. It can, however, be managed with proper treatment and vision rehabilitation.
What is vision rehabilitation? Vision rehabilitation helps people adapt to vision loss and maintain their current lifestyle. A vision rehabilitation program begins with a comprehensive low vision exam performed by a specially trained ophthalmologist or optometrist. Additionally, vision rehabilitation offers a wide range of services, including training in the use of magnifiers and other adaptive devices, ways to complete daily living skills safely and independently, guidance on modifying residences, and information on where to locate resources and support. Vision rehabilitation brings help and hope to people with vision loss.
Premiere Low Vision Town Hall Meeting 2016