Cabvi And Lions Clubs Expand Low Vision Services In Northern Kentucky

         Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, CABVI, has received funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Lions Clubs of District 43-T in Kentucky to significantly expand low vision services for residents in the eleven Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Mason, Owen and Pendleton.

          The funding will allow CABVI to expand hours at its current low vision clinic in the Florence Senior Center to accommodate more patients. It will also enable CABVI to purchase low vision aids for patients in need. The agency will launch a marketing campaign targeting the eleven counties of Northern Kentucky to raise awareness about CABVI’s low vision services. Cost of services is based on ability to pay and financial assistance is available.

          Low vision refers to vision loss that cannot be corrected with surgery, medical treatment, or standard eyeglasses. A person with low vision retains some useful vision, but has difficulty performing routine tasks such as reading, writing, or watching television. Low vision can result in sensitivity to glare, reduced ability to see detail, or loss of peripheral or “side” vision.

         CABVI’s low vision clinic provides individual evaluation, low vision aids and instruction on how to use low vision aids to help increase independence and improve quality of life. Low vision aids are tools that help people make the most of their remaining vision. These tools do not restore vision or cure eye disease, but they can help a person accomplish many routine tasks, including near tasks such as reading and writing, and distance tasks such as reading signs or watching television.

          For more information about CABVI’s low vision clinic in Northern Kentucky, call 513-221-8558 and ask to speak with the Intake Specialist.
          Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to approximately 5,000 people each year. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at www.cincyblind.org.

           Since its beginning in 1917, the mission of Lions Clubs and Lions Clubs International Foundation is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Lions are more than 1.3 million strong in more than 195 countries. For more information about Lions Clubs, visit www.lionsclubs.org.