The National Eye Institute and the National Institutes of Health hosted a screening and panel discussion on Going Blind on June 7th at its campus in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a wonderful screening with NIH researchers, employees and greater community. The discussion panel featured Cheri Wiggs, Ph.D., an NEI Program Director; Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., a former Director of Low Version Services and an independent practitioner; James T. Deremeik, M.A., a Low Vision Therapist and Program Manager of Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center; and Joseph Lovett, Director of Going Blind.
Topics discussed throughout the panel included a variety of information and perspectives on vision loss ranging from, respectively: the latest research in low vision and rehabilitation; state-of-the-art technological aids for low-vision assisted living; access to low-vision care and psychological support for vision-loss; and social health and activist filmmaking from a personal perspective.
NEI provided support for Going Blind in the form two grants through its Healthy Vision Community Awards Program.