World Sight Day: The Eyes and COVID

World Sight Day is held annually to focus global attention on vision impairment, including blindness. In 2021, World Sight Day is October 14th and the theme is “Love Your Eyes.”  The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness wants everyone to make a pledge to protect their vision such as getting a comprehensive eye exam.  Since COVID is at the forefront of everyone’s minds … Continued

Low Vision and White Canes

Editor’s note: October 15 is White Cane Safety Day, so this month is a good time to talk about what you need to know about white canes and how useful they are when you are blind or visually impaired. This post is the third in our series on white cane awareness.  To find out about the history of the … Continued

October 1 – The International Day of Older Persons

In 1991, the United Nations (UN) adopted October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  According to the UN’s webpage on international observances, “By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues…International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources … Continued

Plaquenil and Your Eyes

Recently the APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line received questions about the effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) on your eyes. This is of particular interest during the pandemic as Plaquenil has been discussed as a possible treatment for COVID-19. It was approved by the FDA for a short time as an emergency treatment for the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, until … Continued

September Is Fall Prevention Month

This month VisionAware is offering a special fall prevention webinar on September 14 at 2:30 p.m. eastern.  Presenters will provide an overview of fall prevention programs with detail about the Matter of Balance program, including its adaptation for people with low vision.  Falls Free Initiative  The National Council on Aging has raised the alarm about falls through their Falls Free® Initiative, a national … Continued

COVID and You—Keeping Up Supplies, Getting Transportation, and Other Necessities

Now that the Delta variant has arrived, it is time to think about keeping up with the supplies that we need to keep a household going while staying safe.  Being aware of how to take care of your shopping and health and safety needs in a pandemic or other crisis is a critical skill. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who are blind … Continued

September is Senior Center Month

This past year has been a real test for senior centers. In honor of Senior Center month, the National Council on Aging salutes their work saying “you transformed your centers to virtual classrooms overnight and, in so doing, provided continued means of social engagement and activity during bleak times, turning the table on ageist stereotypes about older adults and technology use. You provided … Continued

Lighting Your Way to Better Vision: A Great New Resource for Understanding and Choosing Appropriate Lighting

As we have noted on VisionAware, good lighting is critical for people with low vision as well as people who have normal age-related vision changes.  Lighting and glare affect all aspects of life including reading, getting around, fall prevention, driving, watching television, to name just a few. Thus, VisionAware is pleased to introduce you to a new 18-page booklet entitled Lighting Your Way to Better Vision, published by the … Continued