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Get Your Eyes Tested

Have your eyes tested every 2 years. Older adults and people with diabetes need to get eye exams more often.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eye Exam

A complete eye exam involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Learn why and when eye tests are done and what to expect during your visit.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

7 Signs and Symptoms Not to Ignore

You already know that obvious symptoms, such as chest pain and severe abdominal pain, require immediate medical attention. But the not-so-obvious symptoms may leave you wondering whether you need to seek care. Here's a list of symptoms that merit at least a call to your doctor.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Aging and Your Eyes

Age can bring changes that affect your eyesight. But regular eye exams can help. With early detection, many eye problems can be treated and your risk of vision loss reduced.

Review Date: May 02, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Learn what to do if you notice crossed or wall eyes persisting in your infant.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Are You the Parents of A Blind Child?

This document highlights issues related to parenting a blind child and provides advice and support.

Review Date: June 29, 2011

American Council of the Blind

Buying a Computer

Here are some guidelines and tips for shopping for a new computer if you are blind or visually impaired. These tips are tailored toward people who will be using assistive technology on their computers.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

American Foundation for the Blind

Car Battery Safety

Each year, nearly 6,000 motorists suffer serious eye injuries or even blindness because of improperly jump-starting a dead vehicle battery. Learn how to safely jump-start a vehicle and what to do if battery acid gets in your eyes.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

Sight and Hearing Association

CareerConnect® - American Foundation for the Blind

This site provides a free resource for people who want to learn about the range and diversity of jobs performed by adults who are blind or visually impaired throughout the United States and Canada.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

American Foundation for the Blind

Computer Aids

Learn about devices that make computers more "low vision" friendly.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Low Vision Center

Devices to Help Low Vision

Find information about low vision aids, including magnifiers, reading machines with voice output, and absorptive lenses.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Do You Have Low Vision? Take This Quiz and Find Out

Taking this online quiz could help you recognize early warning signs of eye disease and make a decision to see your eye care professional as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

This document offers parents ways to improve interactions with their children, suggestions for giving children consistent sensory cues, and techniques to encourage exploration of the environment.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

DB-LINK/National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Eye Bank Association of America: FAQs

If you are interested in learning about eye donation and corneal transplantation, read these answers to frequently asked questions from the Eye Bank Association of America.

Review Date: December 30, 2011

Eye Bank Association of America, Inc.

Eye Problems in Adults & Children

Prevent Blindness America is committed to providing help and hope to Americans of all ages as they strive to maintain healthy vision for a lifetime. Taking care of your eyes and learning about your health is a first step to preventing vision loss from common eye problems.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

Prevent Blindness America

EyePower Newsletters - Low Vision Information Center

This site provides a list of newsletters published quarterly by the Low Vision Center (LVC). The LVC helps people with low vision maintain their independence and offers information on low vision topics, services, aids and ideas.

Review Date: February 20, 2013

Low Vision Center

Facts About Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. This article describes how to protect your vision, as well as the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for cataracts.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease

This fact sheet discusses the cornea's function and structure, problems that may affect the cornea and treatment and care options.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

FAQ - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Get answers to common questions about the free, talking-book program and other services for visually and physically handicapped individuals who cannot use printed library materials.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - NLS
Library of Congress

Find a Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Find a pediatric ophthalmologist by state, city, or last name, who provides medical and surgical eye care for children with eye conditions, such as strabismus.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Frequently Asked Questions: Strabismus

Strabismus is a term used to describe eyes that are not straight or properly aligned. If not treated, it can cause amblyopia (lazy eye). Find answers to frequently asked questions, including available treatments and resources for support.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

Prevent Blindness America

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults - Description of Services- (PDF)

Learn about services offered at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), the only national vocational and rehabilitation program exclusively serving youths and adults who are deaf-blind.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults

Home Eye Tests for Children

Vision problems that are left undetected and untreated may lead to vision loss and in some cases blindness. Early detection is the key to minimizing vision loss. Prevent Blindness America offers home eye tests for children of various ages.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Prevent Blindness America

Human Guide and Follow Techniques

A human guide is a sighted person who acts as a travel aid for someone who is blind or visually impaired. Learn the human guide techniques to ensure safety for the non-visual traveler and guide.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Keratoconus: Insurance Reimbursement Request Letter - (PDF)

If you are a patient requesting insurance reimbursement for the special contact lens needed for keratoconus, consider using this comprehensive document from NKF.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

National Keratoconus Foundation

Locate Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired

This site helps you find different services available for the blind or visually impaired; including facilities, organizations and providers that offer specific services such as counseling, dog training, braille materials, computer training and more.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

American Foundation for the Blind

Low Vision

By making better use of their remaining vision, people can continue to enjoy doing important daily activities. View video testimonies and read personal stories about how available resources have helped individuals continue to live independently.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Use this form or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to locate a library offering free braille and audio materials available to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Library of Congress

Organizations for Low Vision

Research has shown that people with macular degeneration who participate in support groups or self-help programs do much better than those who “go it alone”. Contact these organizations for support.

Review Date: February 25, 2013

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Podcasts: Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

These podcast for the blind and the visually impaired cover a wide range of topics from alternative medicine and supplements to handling social situations as a person with low vision.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Protect Your Vision All Year Round

Learn how nutrition, exercise, and wearing sunglasses can enhance your eye health and reduce your risk of developing some eye conditions.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

BrightFocus Foundation

Questions Kids Ask about Blindness

It is important for blind children to learn that blindness will not prevent them from living happy and normal lives. This list frequently asked questions by blind children will help sighted children, too.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Federation of the Blind

Quick Tips - Low Vision Center

This page provides important tips on how to manage living with low vision, including: lighting, everyday activities, computer, television, medication and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Low Vision Center

Social Security: If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision—How We Can Help

If you are blind or have low vision, learn about special rules that allow you to receive Social Security benefits when you are unable to work.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Social Security Administration

Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Avoid serious vision problems by getting help early.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Scholarships

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International offers three scholarship programs available to full-time college students with low vision. Learn more about them.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Vision Access: Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Vision Access is a magazine by, for and about people with low vision. Published quarterly in three formats (large print, CDs, or e-mail), it is free to members of the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), a not-for-profit affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Who Can Benefit from Assistive Technology?

Learn about technology products that can help people who are visually impaired live safe, independent, and productive lives.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Lighthouse International

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