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My Experience Using Zoom for a Telehealth Appointment

After my primary care physician cancelled my appointment in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not sure about meeting again. I had not been sick, and this was just a routine checkup. Things have been up and down and every day something new happens with this virus. So, I decided to wait patiently, … Continued

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Celebrating Our Mothers on Mother’s Day, No Matter the Distance

This is an especially bittersweet Mother’s Day while social distancing is still in effect. The VisionAware Peers share warm thoughts of mothers and celebrate their meaning in our lives, across the miles, across the years, or just six feet away! Flowering My Children on Mother’s Day by Maribel Steel At this time of uncertainty, while … Continued

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Macular Degeneration Treatments during the Coronavirus Pandemic

You may be worried about getting important treatments for your eye condition – especially if treatment is critical to saving vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) offer advice to help patients navigate the changes in eye care during this coronavirus crisis. We summarize the experts here but … Continued

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The Joy of Reading While Waiting Out COVID-19

More Talking Books, please! Reading and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Awareness Week got me thinking about Anne Sullivan, born 154 years ago, on April 14, 1866. As one of the pioneer VRTs, what might she do if she could not meet with her clients face-to-face? She might tell them about the National Library Service (NLS) … Continued

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Eye Care Concerns during COVID-19

Many people with eye conditions are worried about the health of their eyes during the coronavirus crisis. Some patients will experience interruption to their regular eye care appointments, but rest assured for those who need urgent or emergency care or vision-preserving treatments, it will most likely be available. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and … Continued

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How to Stay Connected with Your Parent in an Assisted Living Facility during the COVID-19 Crisis

By Mary E. Worstell, MPH, Adult Daughter, Caregiver, Member of the Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition, and Retired HHS Senior Advisor My mother is 97 and has severe hearing and vision loss. I have seen her world shrink as she has almost completely stopped reading, which was her passion, and her hearing has worsened … Continued

Getting through the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips on Being Safe and Connected with Vision Loss

As we work our way through the COVID-19 crisis, it’s time to step back and look at how we do our everyday tasks in a safe and healthy manner. The VisionAware Peer Advisors are starting this series with a section on basic hygiene measures that the CDC recommends. Personal Hygiene: Basic Measures to Follow to … Continued

COVID-19 Resource List for People with Vision Loss

CDC Recommendations for How to Protect Yourself Symptoms and Protocol to Follow Resources on the Coronavirus for People with Vision Loss National Braille Press book on food delivery options Managing Anxiety Around the Coronavirus American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Protection National Council on the Aging Resources on Covid-19 for Older Adults National Council on the … Continued

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