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Massachusetts Lions launch Low Vision Network for the visually impaired

Press release submitted by Westborough Lions Club


Most of us know someone who is visually impaired due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, or complications resulting from diabetes or cataracts. Often glasses, surgery, or contact lenses cannot correct the impairment. The person may have some usable vision, but the vision they have lost has significantly impacted their quality of life. Worse yet, their local Optometrist or Ophthalmologist has told them there is nothing they can do for them. Not true!

The Massachusetts Lions Low Vision Network (MLLVN) has established a substantial network of practitioners within our state, who specialize in low vision assessment and treatment. They provide low vision tools and other solutions that can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life.

In accordance with their motto: We Serve, Massachusetts Lions are teaming up with this network to truly make a difference in people's lives.  The process begins with a low vision assessment. The Lions have a network of ten eye clinics across Massachusetts including Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Eye and Vision Center in Worcester, Village Eye Associates in Chelmsford, and seven other conveniently located centers that are uniquely qualified for this task. The Lions will help make an appointment, set up a ride to the appointment if necessary, and can answer any questions that come up.

The exam is unique and will lead to recommendations for Low Vision tools that will improve the person's quality of life. Such tools may include hand magnifiers, computer technology, telescopes, binocular systems, desktop video technology that uses CCTV, HD camera and full- page text to speech capability, and many others. In-home rehabilitation therapists can also be scheduled to visit the person's home and help them operate more efficiently and improve their mobility. If their insurance does not cover these services or equipment, or the person has no insurance, the Lions are there to help as well.

If you would like to take the first step in exploring the low vision support that is available through this program, please either email the Lions at info@lowvisionnetwork.com, or fill out the contact form on their website: lowvisionnetwork.com. A Lion will respond within one business day to your request.

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