According to a recent national poll by the American Foundation for the Blind:
Americans fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
Yet despite, or perhaps because of, this fear, most of us are very ill informed about vision loss, how to prevent it and how to treat it. We remain in the dark about this hugely important issue, often allowing preventable problems to escalate until they seem insurmountable. And there is little discussion about the new technologies and training that allow people with vision loss to continue leading full, active lives once available medical intervention has been exhausted.
Did You Know:
- 70% of visually impaired people who could be working are unemployed because they do not know what resources are available.
- Only 1-2% of blind individuals use a guide dog even though the majority of dogs are provided free of charge.
- 4 times as many veterans are returning from war with significant eye injuries than with lost limbs, but only 1/3 of them take advantage of vision rehabilitation.
- Less than 5% of blind and low vision Americans obtain vision rehabilitative services of any kind.
Going Blind: Coming out of the dark about vision loss is a movie that looks at several of the leading contributors to vision loss and blindness and features conversations with real people with these issues. The movie is a good conversation starter and has been shown at senior centers, senior residences, libraries and retirement communities. Your Link partners’ network has the film and would like to offer to screen it with your organization, group or club. Contact the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area coordinator. Call or text: 717.380.9714. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.