Largest Donation of Life-Changing High-Tech Vision Aids

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Largest Donation of Life-Changing High-Tech Vision Aids…30 Children with Severe Visual Impairment from the San Antonio Area to Receive Free Life-Changing High-Tech Vision Aids
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Location: San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, 310 Eads Avenue

On Monday, August 15….30 children with severe visual impairment from the San Antonio area will receive life-changing Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) from Sight Savers America, a nationally expanding nonprofit organization that provides free visual care for qualifying children. All 30 children have severe visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medical or surgical treatment.

University of the Incarnate Word – Rosenberg School of Optometry’s Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, Chief, Vision Rehabilitation Center, and Dr. Valdes, Clinical Instructor, were consulted by Sight Savers’ President, Jeff Haddox to examine and identify children who may need EVMs. Together, they engaged other low vision clinics in San Antonio including the Santa Rosa Clinic and the Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Center to identify the children that will receive EVMs at the Thursday Clinic.

An EVM will allow each child to make the most of their remaining vision. EVMs will open the world to these children by allowing them to magnify images up to 79 times, allowing them to see their mother’s face for the first time, groom themselves, read, write, complete schoolwork independently, and so much more with less eye fatigue and back and neck strain.

EVMs are very expensive and not covered by any type of medical insurance. The EVMs were purchased through grants from local foundations; Greehey Family Foundation of San Antonio, the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation, St. Luke’s Lutheran Health Ministries, VFO, The Meadows Foundation & The Genevieve & Ward Orsinger Foundation. During the clinic, Sight Savers America staff members will train each child and their families to use the EVM before they take it home with them that day. Sight Savers America will also provide extensive, bi-annual follow-up care and keep records of the child’s progress with their vision equipment until the child reaches the age of 19. All services are provided free of charge to the family.

Interview and photo opportunities will be provided.

Sight Savers America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to identify and secure treatment for unmet vision and health needs that impede a child’s ability to reach their full potential in school and in life.

Read more about San Antonio Lighthouse’s involvement in providing these life-changing devices here.