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The Road to Independence through Remote Learning

Celebrate Independence Day by regaining yours if you’ve lost vision. You may think that’s not possible, especially now with COVID-19 concerns. Lenore Dillon, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and VisionAware Peer Advisor, puts these fears to rest in this series on remaining independent with vision loss while learning remotely. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with vision … Continued

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My Dad: The Tree Man

My earliest recollection of my dad was hearing the sound of a chainsaw outside my bedroom window. He worked as a lineman for our town electric company and helped run the power plant. But his real passion? Cutting down trees. In Northwest Pennsylvania, “tree felling” has always served as a lucrative profession.   Dad started … Continued

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Father’s Day Poems from the Heart

For Father’s Day, VisionAware Peers share tributes in quite different but touching ways. Maribel Steel Maribel Steel poetically and appreciatively thanks her Dad for his skillful editing of her writings. Flattery Gets You Everywhere My father, Brian, shares a passion for the craft of writing. He is a well-seasoned author and linguist and is one … Continued

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Eye infected with pink eye or conjunctivitis
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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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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