April Proclaimed As Ohio's Aging Eyes Month

April 16, 2012- Cincinnati, OH- The Ohio Department of Aging has proclaimed April to be Ohio’s Aging Eyes Month and to help get the word out about ways Ohio seniors can minimize vision loss, Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired are teaming up once again.

According to the Ohio Department of Aging, 13.7 percent of Ohioans 65 years or older report moderate to extreme vision loss. They also indicate that it’s one of the most feared health conditions because of the loss of independence associated with vision loss or blindness. Thanks to CABVI and Clovernook Center, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Both agencies offer a wide range of both preventative and independence assistance services including Low Vision, Access Technology, Orientation and Mobility and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

“It’s advised that people as young as 40 years old begin thinking about age-related eye conditions,” CABVI Executive Director John Mitchell said. “Regular eye exams and simple preventative measures can help people reduce the potential for age-related vision loss.”

“While vision loss can be a scary thing to face, CABVI and Clovernook Center provide the resources to help blind and visually impaired people thrive independently,” Clovernook Center President Robin Usalis said. “Our ultimate goal is to enable people to continue living a high quality of life.”

Both CABVI and Clovernook Center offer a wide range of adaptive services for seniors ranging from mild to severe of vision loss. CABVI assists almost 4,700 people with age-related vision loss annually and Clovernook Center helps 1,130.

More information about CABVI and Clovernook Center can be accessed at: www.cincyblind.org and www.clovernook.org, respectively.