Education & OutReach

Raising public awareness and improving lives

Our goal is to educate our clients and the community about vision issues and healthy vision habits. The vision specialists in our Vision Rehabilitation Clinic and our public education manager are active advocates in the community. You’ll hear them speaking to groups and organizations on how to maintain the best vision possible. For more information on how to schedule a speaker for your school or community group, contact 316-440-1532.

Spread the word: How to maintain vision health

Get annual eye exams.
Many eye diseases do not exhibit early warning signs. Routine examinations by your eye doctor are your first line of defense.

Protect your eye from ultraviolet rays.
Wear sunglasses or tinted lenses while outdoors. Many vision problems, including macular degeneration and cataracts, progress faster from exposure to light.

Wear protective eye gear.
When playing sports or when work gets a little dangerous, take time to protect your eyes. Protective goggles are relatively inexpensive and can save your sight.

Live a healthy lifestyle.
Researchers suggest healthy diets, plenty of exercise and avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco. Take your health seriously to minimize your risk of vision loss.

For more information, contact our clinic at 316-440-1600.

Often, blindness and visual impairment are pictured as a total lack of vision. Family members and friends supporting an individual with vision loss may not understand the symptoms or risks associated with the many different types of eye diseases, and that each catalyst of sight loss has its own symptoms and treatments. 

Approximately 17% of the population ages 65 and older report vision trouble (Federal Interagency Forum on Aging 2008). Roughly 21 million Americans report functional vision problems or eye conditions that may compromise vision (CDC 2015). The percentage of individuals who will suffer from vision impairment is expected to rise dramatically in the next 10 years.  

Blindness and low vision may impact personal goals in education, work and the day-to-day activities many people without vision loss take for granted. This may include difficulties with reading, using a computer, watching TV, mobility or other social activities. However, loss of vision doesn’t have to mean loss of independence.

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What is low vision?

Low vision is any vision impairment that cannot be fully corrected with standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicinal intervention or eye surgery. The primary causes of low vision are eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision can also be inherited or caused by an eye or brain injury. If vision impairment is interfering with your daily activities, employment, education or quality of life, vision rehabilitation can help.

Because of the significant and rising rate of blindness and vision loss throughout our world, it’s important for us to understand visual impairment and how it affects our lives. Most people will be touched by vision loss, either through personal experience or through a friend or close loved one experiencing it, at some point in their life. 

We’ll give a brief overview of some of the most prevalent causes of sight loss and discuss some of the risks they present, including: 

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Vision Loss & Stroke
  • Fall Prevention

If you or a loved one may be experiencing any of the symptoms outlined in these sections, or have any other vision concerns, we urge you to contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist. The biggest source of anxiety surrounding vision loss is being unable to do the things the person facing vision loss loved doing. Thanks to rehabilitation and technology, there are many ways to maintain a high quality of life even with a visual impairment. There is hope.

If you and your doctor determine that your quality of life could benefit from rehabilitation, ask him or her to refer you to the Envision Rehabilitation Clinic, or call us to set up an appointment at 316-440-1600.