Office for the Aging

 
 

February is National Low Vision Awareness Month

According to the American Foundation for the Blind, more than 21 percent of adults in New York State age 65 and over have a self-reported vision impairment (Annual Plan Summary, April 1, 2007-March 31, 2008; September 2006 New York City Department for the Aging).

It's never too early to get a check-up. Find out what Medicare preventative benefits you or a loved one may be eligible for.

If you'd like to learn more about aging and vision loss, please visit Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. A new online resource for people with low vision is also available. Living Well with Low Vision was developed from the point of view of patients and patient advocates. The site is designed with viewing accommodations for differing levels of vision loss; searchable resource directories; a database of 1,500 municipal paratransit services; self-help texts; and a blog to raise awareness about day-to-day issues.