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Going Blind Extends Reach to Eye Care Community

Going Blind should be seen by every medical student in the country
— Tom Zampieri, Head of Governmental Affairs for Blinded Veterans Association

Loss of vision field mapIn the course of making the film, we learned that many doctors aren’t familiar with the many modalities of vision enhancement techniques and technologies available to maintain and improve their patients’ quality of life from the beginning of uncorrectable sight loss. So beyond educating the general public about how to prevent, identify, understand, treat and cope with vision loss, one of our primary outreach goals is to help medical professionals understand their patients’ emotional and navigational needs outside the examination room so they can refer them for help outside the medical arena.

We are very pleased that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has approved Going Blind in their new Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Curriculum for ophthalmology residents in the Continuing Medical Education program. Dr. Mary Lou Jackson of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Chairperson of the AAO SmartSight™ Initiative, which aims to increase the assistance ophthalmologists can provide for their patients, oversees the program.

In addition Alcon has purchased copies of Going Blind to distribute to all optometry schools in the country as well as for Alcon staff sensitivity training.

These initiatives advance our goal to have Going Blind integrated into the curriculum of every medical school. We hope that vision enhancement (low vision therapy and rehabilitative training) becomes incorporated into the continuum of care for visually impaired individuals and that the film opens a fruitful dialogue between doctors, patients and all vision enhancement professionals. We applaud the AAO and Alcon for helping to move the discussion forward.

Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation provided funding for the AAO’s pilot program of the Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Curriculum.