Since Going Blind was released 6 years ago, a lot of light has been shed on the patient perspective of vision loss. The stories told in the film help to dispel stigmas and unrealistic fears that come with losing one’s vision, in any form. The Going Blind and Going Forward Outreach campaign has made it a goal to make sure that this message is brought to as wide of an audience as possible, firstly by experiencing the film and then continuing the discussion afterwards among other patients, doctors, families and communities. This has resulted in a heightened awareness that there is help out there past the visit with the doctor, in the form of low vision rehabilitation.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology now fully endorses referral to low vision rehabilitation. To that end, we produced a short video for Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation called There IS Something You Can Do to help spread the message to Ophthalmologists across the country that low vision rehabilitation referral is now the standard of care. Watch the film below and visit www.aao.org/smart-sight-low-vision for more information on the AAO’s new low vision initiative and finding resources in your community, whether you are an ophthalmologist or patient.
Indianapolis Screening May 8th – Check it out!
Going Blind is being distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) to public television stations nationwide. (more…)
Your film is the first glimpse I’ve been given at how to manage such a scenario and I commend you for putting your life journey out there for people to learn from. I hope many people watch it and have their fears allayed! (more…)