Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss: It’s A Family Matter

by Sylvia Stinson-Perez, MSU, CVRT, MSU OIB-TAC Vision Loss Can Be Traumatizing  Vision loss, and even the diagnosis of an eye condition, can traumatize anyone experiencing it. Age, experience, and a person’s personality and level of self-esteem all play a key role in their ability to respond to life’s challenges. This includes adapting to the onset of a disability. However, it can be, and often is, just as difficult for the loved ones … Continued

What Family Members Need to Know about Vision Loss and Its Impact

by Sylvia Stinson-Perez, MSU, VRT, Director of MSU, OIB-TAC Vision Loss Impacts Everyone in the Family  Vision loss is a family matter. It not only impacts the individual with the diagnosed visual impairment, but it impacts their family and social network. The person with the visual impairment experiences varying degrees of functional implications based on … Continued

Vision loss: It’s a Family Matter

by Sylvia Stinson-Perez, MSW., Director of Mississippi State University OIB-TAC Editor’s note: Please register for our webinar on March 10 at 2 p.m. eastern, “Vision Loss: It’s a Family Matter.” This panel discussion will give an overview of how families are impacted as their loved one experiences and adjusts to life with vision loss. Specific … Continued

New Glaucoma Research: Will Patients and Family Members Pay for a Glaucoma-Specific App? Not Likely, Results Say

New – and highly relevant – research from the Wills Eye Glaucoma Research Center, in collaboration with Drexel University, sought to “evaluate the interest of glaucoma patients and their caregivers in a smartphone-based and tablet-based glaucoma application” (app) that contained a range of features (explained below) designed to (a) increase patients’ level of knowledge about … Continued

Steps to Take to Get Help for You and Your Family Member

“I know Dad is having trouble with his eyes. Every time I visit, he breaks a plate or a vase and blames it on other people ‘moving things around.’ But when I try to suggest that he get his eyes examined, he won’t discuss it. How can I get him to seek help?” Vision loss … Continued

A Guide to Vision Loss for Family and Friends

Leer este artículo en español Vision loss happens to families, not just individuals. If you have a parent, spouse, other family member, or friend who is experiencing vision loss, you naturally want to offer comfort and support. What you may want most of all, however, is to see that person in the same light as … Continued

Helping My Family Cope with Diabetes and Understanding the Consequences

Editor’s note: As we come to the end of National Diabetes Awareness month, peer advisor Amy Bovaird shares her concerns about diabetes and its impact on her family. Impact of Diabetes on My Life Diabetes impacts my life because three people in my family have it and I see how it affects them. My mother … Continued

Meet Kooshay Malek, MA, MFT, Marriage and Family Therapist – Who Also Happens to Be Blind

Kooshay Malek, MA, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She also writes for the Discovery Eye Foundation Blog, which features lively, up-to-date information on eye disease, eye research, nutrition, low vision, technology, and healthy lifestyle choices. The following essay, in which Kooshay recounts her concurrent personal, medical, and educational journeys … Continued

Meet Kooshay Malek, MA, MFT, Marriage and Family Therapist – Who Also Happens to Be Blind

Kooshay Malek, MA, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She also writes for the Discovery Eye Foundation Blog, which features lively, up-to-date information on eye disease, eye research, nutrition, low vision, technology, and healthy lifestyle choices. The following essay, in which Kooshay recounts her concurrent personal, medical, and educational journeys … Continued