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Published on October 28, 2013

Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s Opening October 31

WATERBURY, Conn. (October 28, 2013) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital and Lions International will celebrate the grand opening of a new Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s Health & Wellness Center, 1312 West Main St., Waterbury, on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 12 to 2 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. This will be the fifth Lions Low Vision Center to open in the state and the only location in Waterbury.

According to the Lions Club, low vision is a degree of vision loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts, medicine or surgery. It is the third most common impairment among people age 70 and older, and affects daily activities such as driving, reading a newspaper or watching TV, taking medications, balancing a checkbook or even crossing the street. Patients may have difficulty with their peripheral vision and seeing certain colors, as well as trouble adjusting to glare and changes in the level of light.

Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s Opening October 31A variety of age-related disorders can cause low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision can be inherited, or caused by an eye or brain injury.
Patients who are referred to the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s will be evaluated by one of Saint Mary’s occupational therapists, who have completed specialized training in the treatment of low vision. The therapist will collaborate with the patient’s eye care professional and provide treatment that focuses on helping patients to utilize their remaining vision to its fullest potential. This can be achieved with the use of compensatory strategies and adaptive equipment, or vision aids, which are provided to patients free of charge by the Lions Club.

For more information on the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s, be sure to tune in to “Tom Chute & You” live on WATR 1320 AM this Friday, November 1 at 8 a.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (203) 709-6232 or visit www.lionslowvisioncenter.org

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