By William Tauro
This past Tuesday night the Somerville Lion’s Club hosted their annual Project Outlook & Low Vision Event in conjunction with the Massachusetts Lion’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Network and the Somerville Council on Aging. The special guest speaker of the evening was Micaela Gobeille of the New England College of Optometry of Boston.
The well attended event was held at the Mount Vernon Restaurant located on Broadway where the groups and their guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner hosted by the Somerville Lions Club.
Somerville residents and organizers of Somerville’s Project Outlook Claudia and Sal Ferro attended the event with other members of their group.
Social worker Ashley Speliotis of Somerville’s Councle on Aging Department was there speaking on behalf of her Low Vision Group who also announced that the Somerville Low Vision-No Vision group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at the Somerville COA headquarters located at 167 Holland Street in Somerville.
Past Disritct 33K Governor/ Current Massachusetts Lion’s Low Vision Network Project Chairman Matthew Richardson spoke to the attendees on the Network’s mission in helping in communities by spreading their message on what’s programs are available to everyone and that help is here.
Lions Low Vision Mission:
The Mission of the Lions Low Vision Network is to provide appropriate low vision devices and help to people with decreased vision to empower them to improve their quality of life or maintain their independence through awareness, resources, and solutions.
What Is low vision?
Low Vision is best described as insufficient usable vision to accomplish the task of daily living, even after conventional treatments such as medication, eyeglasses or surgery. These tasks can include reading, setting a thermostat, writing a check, seeing the dials on a stove, phone or appliance, or simply watching television.
Is Low Vision The Same as being Blind?
Blindness is the total lack of vision. Unfortunately, many people become confused because the government uses the term legally blind, and that term is often applied to people who have some usable vision.
Because the word ‘blind’ is used to describe most legally blind people, they are often mistaken for someone totally without sight. People with low vision can use their sight, unlike a totally blind person.
For someone with low vision, the degree of usable sight will vary from person to person. If you have sight and function as a sighted person, the recommendation is that the word blind be avoided in any form except where absolutely necessary for legal reasons such as government benefits