Senior Vision Services
Senior vision services are designed especially for people who are 55 and older who are blind or visually impaired. We also offer some services to help individuals with low vision who are not legally blind.
Presently, 65-70% of people over age 65 have vision related disabilities. AVRE provides Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (or, independent living skills training) for seniors whose vision has decreased to the point where day to day living tasks have become difficult. Also available is Orientation and Mobility training. This training includes white cane training and is centered on the skills necessary for safe travel at home and in the community. Most services are aimed at empowering the individual to remain safe and independent in their own home. Seniors who would like to stay working or return to work are encouraged to check out our Employment and Career Services.
In some areas, we offer Peer Support Group meetings and seminars in conjunction with County Offices for the Aging and other senior service providers. Check the Support Group page for locations and schedules.
Visit the American Foundation for the Blind's Vision Aware site at www.afb.org for helpful solutions and resources that can help you and your family members cope with vision problems. The site offers information on understanding vision loss, daily living and fitness and fun! It also hosts message boards that are monitored by different vision rehabilitation agencies around the country.
For more information about our Senior Vision Services, contact Annie van der Wal, Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, at (607)724-2428.