Prevent Blindness America is a national organization founded in 1908 with the mission of preventing blindness and vision loss.
It is the leading volunteer organization for eye health and eye safety. In addition to promoting education and supporting vision research, Prevent Blindness America works with government officials at all levels to support actions that will improve the overall health of Americans.
Prevent Blindness America launched its "Eyes on America" advocacy program to emphasize the importance of federal support in protecting healthy vision. An important initiative is to ask federal representatives to cosponsor or introduce a companion bill to H. R. 3749, Medicare Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2013. Approval of the resolution will result in more access to low vision devices and assistive technology.
Lori Love, certified vision rehabilitation Therapist of North Central Sight Services Inc., works directly with individuals experiencing vision loss in their homes and in the Abe Snyder Memorial Resource Center at the agency's facility.
"Over the last 10 years working with individuals with visual impairments, I have found that low vision devices are essential to keep them independent and aid them in performing daily tasks," Love said.
Low vision devices go beyond magnifiers and large-button remotes. Today, there are numerous tools including medication aids, "talking" kitchen utensils, large-print check registers, and computer equipment such as high-contrast keyboards and screen readers. Many of these items are available in the Low Vision Store at North Central Sight Services Inc.
You too can make a difference in expressing support for advocate efforts. Visit www.ncsight.org for a list of ways you can help keep the "Eyes on America."
Larson is the marketing and public relations manager at North Central Sight Services Inc.