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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 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 Aging Resources on Covid-19 for Professionals Wellness Resources … Continued

Instant Pot: A Tool for the Blind or Visually Impaired Cook

The Instant Pot, a Magnificent Obsession By Jeannie Johnson This would make an excellent Mother’s Day present. Here are some other great Mother’s Day gift ideas! The Instant Pot is one of the latest cooking crazes, and with good reason! Actually, it is just one of many brands of a small kitchen appliance called a … Continued

World Sight Day: Learn More About “Avoidable Blindness” and Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Examination

World Sight Day is an international “day of awareness,” coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The purpose of World Site Day is to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. It is held each year on the second Thursday of October. This year, World Sight … Continued

Coping with Geographic Atrophy, the Advanced Stage of Dry Macular Degeneration

How Macular Degeneration Affects Vision A progressive eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may occur in one or both eyes and may advance very slowly or quite rapidly. While the condition can be devastating, ophthalmologists reassure patients that macular degeneration alone will not lead to total blindness. The reason is that both the dry and … Continued

Disarming Glaucoma, the Sneak Thief of Sight: Wills Eye Hospital’s Glaucoma Detection and Treatment Program

Only Comprehensive Eye Exams Can Detect Disease According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, but only 50 percent of those affected are aware they have the disease. Often referred to as the "sneak thief of sight," glaucoma is normally painless, and vision loss may progress … Continued

Disarming Glaucoma, the Sneak Thief of Sight: Wills Eye Hospital’s Glaucoma Detection and Treatment Program

Only Comprehensive Eye Exams Can Detect Disease According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, but only 50 percent of those affected are aware they have the disease. Often referred to as the "sneak thief of sight," glaucoma is normally painless, and vision loss may progress … Continued