Registration open for Low Vision Expo in May

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Registration is open for Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2014 to be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9am to 3pm. Suggested donation of $20 includes lunch.

SightConnection, 206-525-5556, provides low vision rehabilitative services in King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties to older adults living with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other sources of low vision.

Phantom images
Many people with vision loss experience “phantom images” that are often pleasant images such as butterflies, flowers, or even friendly faces. 

These visual hallucinations, while lovely, can be unsettling for the person experiencing them. The source of these phantom images is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome that mysteriously appears with vision loss. A former Harvard Professor, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and leading researcher on Charles Bonnet Syndrome. At the Expo she will present a morning keynote presentation titled “Phantom Vision: Charles Bonnet Syndrome” that will encourage anyone with low vision to speak up for their needs.

Hidden disability
Low vision is a hidden disability which often perplexes individuals, families, and friends; but, when families and caregivers understand vision loss, people can adjust to their conditions in better, healthier ways. Insight’s afternoon keynote speaker is Occupational and Low Vision Therapist Dr. Orli Weisser-Pike who has over seventeen years of clinical experience in vision loss and is the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association Recognition of Achievement Award for Leadership and Advancement in Low Vision. Dr. Weisser-Pike’s “Keeping Caregivers in Sight” keynote will discuss how to balance supporting and empowering your loved one with low vision. 

Assistive Technology Learning Lab
Those attending Insight will also have a lot to learn at our all-day Assistive Technology (AT) Learning Lab, vendor fair and group topic sessions. This year’s AT Learning Lab is sponsored by Optelec, international provider of life-changing vision aids and will feature hands-on demonstrations of the best assistive technology available. In addition, Insight’s Vendor Fair showcases local businesses and organizations offering services. Led by SightConnection staff and guest speakers, group topic sessions will cover the relevant issues of fall prevention, everyday assistive technology, caregiver support, and answer questions posed in a Doctor Q and A Panel. 


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