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Vision Loss: New Web Site

Vision Loss: New Web Site

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To help families, caregivers and people directly affected by vision loss, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), New York, launched a new, totally accessible, multimedia web site that offers instructional videos, easy to implement tips and testimonials to help the growing low vision population maintain independence.

AFB's launch of AFB Senior Site comes amid concerns from health officials that diseases like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are expected to double as the nation's 78 million baby boomers reach retirement age and beyond.

In conjunction with the launch of AFB Senior Site, AFB released the results of a national opinion poll that details people's fears about vision loss. The survey showed that Americans Fear Impact of Vision Loss More Than Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Heart Disease, and Stroke.

"Over the next few decades, rates of age-related vision loss in this country are expected to double as our country's population ages. Given how much fear people have concerning the impact of vision loss, AFB hopes our new web site will enlighten Americans about ways they or a loved one can adapt successfully to low vision or vision loss and maintain a full, rewarding, and independent life," said AFB President & CEO Carl R. Augusto.

Currently, 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have severe vision loss. While some are adapting successfully there are many others who don't know where to turn for help, or even if such help exists. AFB's web site is meant to address this knowledge gap.
Visitors to the AFB Senior Site will find instructional videos and articles describing independent living solutions geared specifically to people with age-related vision loss. The web site also connects seniors and their families to important resources in their own communities, such as vision loss specialists who can recommend solutions and instruct older adults with vision loss.; Source: American Foundation for the Blind

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