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Published on October 17, 2014

Lions Club International and Saint Mary’s Hospital Host Low Vision Center

WATERBURY, Conn. (October 17, 2014) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital is hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 29th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s Health & Wellness Center, 1312 West Main St., Waterbury.

This free event celebrates the center’s first anniversary in Waterbury. All are welcome to attend to learn more about how low vision therapy and low vision aides can help those who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or inoperable cataracts.

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. 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 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, please call (203) 709-6232.

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