Designing Vision-Friendly Living Environments

It is important to pay attention to safety at home, especially for people with vision loss. Aging and vision impairment increase the risk of falls and approximately one third of

Understanding Vision Loss: What Social Workers Need to Know

by Steve Reinhardt, LCSW and AnneMarie O’Hearn, MPA Stephen Reinhard, LCSW, has been with Lighthouse Guild since 1975. He has been the Director of Lighthouse Guild’s Psychiatric Clinic since 2004.

eLearning Course Helps Older Adults Adapt to Vision Loss

Lighthouse Guild offers an online continuing education course called Low Vision in Older Adults: Foundations for Rehabilitation (Second Edition).

Behavioral Health

César A. Alfonso, MD, published an article in Psychiatric Times called “PTSD and Suicide After Natural Disasters.” Citing the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017, Dr. Alfonso noted that the prevalence of PTSD among victims doubles after a natural disaster and lasts for two years afterward.

Vision Loss Has Significant Impact on Use of Hospital Resources and Costs for Older Patient

A national study with broad implications has found that older patients with vision loss who are hospitalized for common disorders are often not identified as requiring special attention, which can affect outcomes, resource use and costs.

A Hybrid Indoor Positioning System for the Blind and Visually Impaired Using Bluetooth and Google Tango

Blind & visually impaired individuals often face challenges in wayfinding in unfamiliar environments. Thus, an accessible indoor positioning and navigation system that safely and accurately positions and guides such individuals would be welcome.

Test-retest Variability of a Standardized Low Vision Lighting Assessment

The LuxIQ is a portable lighting assessment tool that can be used to systematically measure lighting preferences; however, there is little independent evidence to support its reliability in low vision rehabilitation.

Performance of Real-world Functional Tasks Using an Updated Oral Electronic Vision Device in Persons Blinded by Trauma

There is an immediate need for noninvasive therapies to improve the functional abilities of persons blinded by traumatic injury. The BrainPort Vision Pro, an updated hands-free oral electronic vision device, enables perception of visual information using the tongue as a substitute for the eye.

Current Practice in Low Vision Rehabilitation of Age-related Macular Degeneration and Usefulness of Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitation Tool

This study surveys current low vision rehabilitation practice methodologies among French practitioners and – their opinions about the utility of using virtual reality as a tool for low vision rehabilitation training in patients with AMD.

An eLearning Course to Help Older Adult Clients Adjust to Vision Loss

Vision loss can present different challenges in older adults compared with younger clients. Learn about treatment strategies for these individuals, and identify approaches and adaptive devices that help clients maximize their remaining vision.