New View Oklahoma
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Mrs. M is in her sixties and she has retinitis pigmentosa. Her low vision forced her to give up a job she loved and volunteer activities that enriched her life. She came to NewView Oklahoma looking for help, support and hope. Vision rehabilitation and safe travel skills training has empowered Mrs. M to regain her enthusiasm for life and re-engage in the community. Over the holidays, she negotiated the challenges of several airports with limited assistance. A recent visit to the low vision clinic at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah provided her with a vision assessment, prescriptions for adaptive devices and a rehabilitation plan that will enable her to maximize her usable vision.
One in six Oklahomans over the age of 55 has low vision caused an age-related eye disease. Low vision can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life, but can be mitigated by a low vision clinic that helps clients to maximize their usable vision.
NewView Oklahoma proposes the establishment of a low vision clinic that will serve 1,530 patients annually in the Oklahoma City area. These patients would otherwise have no access to a low vision specialist. The low vision clinic would also offer needed follow-up care to keep clients safe and independent in their homes. Funds awarded will be used for the one-time purchase of optometric and specialized low vision assessment equipment for the clinic, and for portable vision assessment and adaptive aids for in-home trainings.