A Tribute to Veterans with Disabilities

Editor’s note: November 11 is Veterans Day, and VisionAware is honoring those who have served us with this special tribute from VisionAware Peer Advisor DeAnna Noriega. For further information, VisionAware has an entire section devoted to Veterans including services, resources, and personal stories about veterans with vision loss. A Tribute to Veterans with Disabilities By … Continued

New Research: Combat-Related Blast Exposure Can Result in Prolonged Retinal Injury, Even in the Absence of Detectable Brain Changes

According to VisionAware’s Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D., writing about combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effect on vision: “… It can be argued that … it took the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to highlight the fact that head injury often leads to visual loss and/or visual dysfunctions. These wars have resulted in over … Continued

Understanding Our Shifting Health Insurance Landscape – and What It Means for People with Vision Loss

Guest blogger Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., is the Senior Policy Researcher with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The AFB Public Policy Center collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in … Continued

Understanding Our Shifting Health Insurance Landscape – and What It Means for People with Vision Loss

Guest blogger Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., is the Senior Policy Researcher with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The AFB Public Policy Center collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in … Continued

On Veterans Day: VisionAware Thanks Our Veterans and Provides Critical Information and Veteran-Specific Resources

According to the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), there are 165,000 blind or visually impaired veterans in the United States. BVA data also indicates that some 7,000 veterans become newly blind or visually impaired each year, due to age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. In addition, approximately 17 percent of the evacuated wounded … Continued

Veterans Day: A Perfect Time to Review Your Benefits for Eye Health and Rehabilitation Services

Editor’s note: The information in this post has been updated in this article, Veterans Health Administration Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired. For more in-depth information and available services for veterans who are blind or visually impaired, check out the Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss section on VisionAware. With Veterans Day on … Continued

Meet Dr. Gregory Goodrich, Chair of the Upcoming Conference on Vision Loss in Older Adults and Veterans

Dr. Gregory Goodrich received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1974 from Washington State University, when he also began his career with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He retired in 2014 after having served as supervisory research psychologist assigned to the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, California, and as the … Continued

Volunteering with Blinded Veterans Leads to a Fulfilling Career at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Editor’s note: Here is another post related to volunteering and National Volunteer Week. However, peer advisor Sue Martin, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, also addresses another important theme this week— Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week. Volunteering at the Blind Rehabilitation Center My life with blindness began in my mid-twenties. I had to learn how to do almost everything … Continued

Sorting Things Out in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

By Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D., Vision Rehabilitation Research Consultant. Editor’s note: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. We have asked Dr. Greg Goodrich, recently retired from the Veterans Administration, to kick off the month with a post about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its implications in the civilian world. TBI Can Be Challenging Traumatic brain … Continued