BLINDNESS & VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
The need for resources to serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired is significant. According to the statistics posted on the National Federation of the Blind website:
1.3 million people who are blind in this country
93,600 blind school age children
787,691 seniors aged 65 and older are blind and according to projections, these numbers will increase to 1.6 million by 2015 and 2.4 million by 2030
Only 1% of the blind population is born without sight. The vast majority of blind people lose their vision later in life due to macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes. There are treatments to delay these conditions, but there are no cures.
Conditions leading to vision loss or impairment
Macular Degeneration results in blurred vision and eventually leading to blindness
Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve through pressure; peripheral vision is affected first
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina are damaged
Defining Visual Impairment
Partially Sighted- indicates some type of visual impairment that results in the need for special education
Low Vision- severe visual impairment; applies to those who are unable to read a newspaper at normal viewing distance even with the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses. They may require adaptations in lighting, print size and sometimes Braille
Legally Blind- applies to an individual with less than 20/200 vision in the better eye or very limited field of vision (20 degrees at the widest point)
Totally Blind- applies to an individual who can see nothing. Learning must be done by Braille or other non-visual media
You Can Help
How can you help blind and visually impaired adults and children? Consider volunteering your time or making a gift in support of VRC.
We are fortunate to benefit from the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers and a dedicated board of directors. We welcome new volunteers who can help us from assistance with general Center activities, sharing their gifts and experience through special programs, presentations or grant writing.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer organization or to learn more about our programs and services please complete the email form below.
We are grateful for our generous supporters. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online or by mail.
Gifts can be mailed to:
Vision Resource Center
PO Box 87385
Fayetteville NC 28304
For questions, please call our Executive Director, Terri Thomas, at 910-483-2719