The ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line: A Lifeline for People with Vision Loss

Editor’s note: This post was written by Alan Lovell, Information and Referral Coordinator for the APH ConnectCenter. Alan often receives calls that are especially good examples of what we strive to do in the ConnectCenter and from time to time he’ll share them here on the blog. I receive calls to the APH ConnectCenter’s I&R … Continued

Glaucoma Treatment and Low Vision

As we end Glaucoma Awareness Month and begin Low Vision Awareness Month, it is important to be aware of new treatments for glaucoma as well as the implications of glaucoma for visual functioning and daily tasks. What is Glaucoma? “Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can lead to blindness by damaging the optic nerve. … Continued

Two Powerhouses Collaborate to Share Up-to-Date Info About Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Editor’s Note: The Foundation Fighting Blindness and the APH ConnectCenter join forces to share about retinal degenerative disease research. Join us for an upcoming webinar! The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s largest private funder of retinal degenerative disease research.  For over 50 years, the Foundation has worked diligently to further the mission to drive … Continued

Clinical Trial for Medication for Geographic Atrophy

Medically reviewed by Sefy Paulose, MD What is Geographic Atrophy? As noted on APH VisionAware, “Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a gradual, progressive, painless deterioration of the macula, which is the small area in the center of the retina that gives us our detailed vision.” Geographic Atrophy (GA) is the most advanced form of dry … Continued

Braille Roundup: Reading by the Dots

January is braille awareness month.  Louis Braille, creator of the braille code, was born on January 4. There are many misunderstandings about braille. A few years ago, in Four Misconceptions to Learning and Reading Braille, I said, “It’s been my experience, with the occasional exception, most individuals with an acquired vision loss who did not grow up using braille express little interest … Continued

2022 in our Rearview: APH ConnectCenter’s Year in Review

Trip Down Memory Lane We’re taking a trip down memory lane—with 2022 in our rearview! We at the APH ConnectCenter invite you to look back with us at the top content of the year—personal favorites from the content managers and each website’s most viewed content. And that’s not all! The APH ConnectCenter’s Information and Referral … Continued

Managing Depression During the Holidays and Beyond

Editor’s note: With the holidays approaching, Audrey Demmitt, R.N., and VisionAware peer, discusses managing depression during the holidays. In her post, she provides excellent tips for coping and information about treatment. The holiday season is tough on those who are struggling with depression, anxiety and stress. Let’s face it–for many of us the family gatherings, … Continued