Vision Loss FAQ

Check out our list of frequently asked questions. If there's something you need answered but not on the list just Contact Us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Who is eligible for vision rehabilitation services?

Adults who are eligible can receive training for low vision devices, strategies for daily living skills, low vision support group information, New Vision classes and calendar of events for social activities.   The Center for Sight & Hearing Vision Rehabilitation Department serves ten counties in northern Illinois.  In order to be eligible for the vision rehabilitation services, individuals must meet three criteria:

  1. Resident of northern Illinois within the ten county district
  2. Adult over the age of 55
  3. Have a documented vision loss

What are some preventative steps for controlling AMD?

  • Healthy habits can lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Taking nutritional supplements after consulting a doctor can be very helpful for middle-aged people and those with family history of AMD.
  • Researches have already concluded that there is a direct relation between smoking and AMD. Lutein, an antioxidant, plays a major role in protecting the retina from ultraviolet rays. Tobacco hampers the absorption of lutein. By stopping smoking, you are not only saving your eyes but you can also lower the risk of several other diseases.
  • People with high blood pressure are more prone to AMD, and a high fat diet increases the vision loss quicker with AMD. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and antioxidants, and including green vegetables and fish also reduces the risk.
  • Regular exercise and maintaining an optimum weight are also crucial for preventing AMD


Low Vision Facts

Children with Vision Loss

  • In the United States, there are 93,600 visually impaired or blind students.
  • 10,800 of these students are considered deaf-blind.
  • There are approximately 55,200 legally blind children.

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