Three important resources and tools for the blind or visually impaired population:
- The Facebook group “Iphone and Ipad apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired” – this is a tremendous group that allows people to share their successes, failures, and advice.
- http://www.applevis.com – this is another incredibly resource with blogs, advice and search engines on subjects affecting the blind or visually impaired.
- “Reader View Available” – look for this message to pop up in the website address bar of any website you are viewing. If available, click on the horizontal vertical lines in the far left corner of the web address bar and this will remove the advertising on the website and increase the font size of written words.
Today, 6.5 million Americans over age 65 have a severe visual impairment, according to the Longitudinal Prevalence of Major Eye Diseases 2003 study. Experts predict that by 2030, rates of severe vision loss will double along with the country’s aging population (Prevent Blindness America’s Vision Problems in the U.S., 2002).
The first wave of the 78 million baby boom generation turns 65 in 2011, jumpstarting a two-decade period of growth in America’s 65 and older population (Administration on Aging). By 2030, the number of people over the age of 65 will double to 71.5 million, or 20 percent of the population.
The risk of low vision and blindness increases significantly with age, particularly in those over age 65 (2004 National Eye Institute study).
Additional facts here.
Blindness is considered one of the most devastating disabilities that can affect an individual, striking people of all ages and walks of life. The term legal blindness is, however, a deceiving one. The generally accepted definition of legal blindness is either central visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye with the use of corrective glasses; or, central visual acuity better than 20/200 in the better eye with visual field deficits in which the widest diameter of peripheral fields is 20 degrees or less. The definition of low vision used to generate estimates of veterans with low vision is central visual acuity equal to or less than 20/70 but greater than 20/200 in the better seeing eye with the use of corrective glasses. Continue reading “Blindness and Low Vision Resources From the Veteran’s Administration”
Team 4Eyes went to serve the people of El Por Venir, a small village in the mountainous western region of Honduras. Over the course of four days, 535 people were given prescription distance glasses, near glasses, or sunglasses, depending on their needs. The team members were Katherine and Kory Cummings, LeeAnn Finch, and Lisa Kile.
A group from Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, joined with doctors, nurses and other volunteers from churches in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington for a medical mission trip to the Cayapas River in Ecuador. The Fort Worth team’s purpose was to provide vision screening, eyeglasses and sunglasses to villagers around the Kumanii Christian Center, a mission outreach center owned by the Operation Ecuador Foundation. We also worked with local church missionaries from the Quito School of Biblical Studies to help educate villagers about hygiene and sanitation, while also sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.