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CNIB offers supports to people with low vision


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The CNIB, one of the primary sources of support, information and, most importantly, hope for all Canadians affected by vision loss, has been making a profound difference in the lives of Canadians since 1918 by providing vital programs and services.

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The CNIB is one of the primary sources of support, information and, most importantly, hope for all Canadians affected by vision loss. CNIB employees are recognized experts in the field of vision health who have been making a profound difference in the lives of Canadians since 1918 by providing vital programs and services, including an extensive range of innovative consumer products and one of the world’s largest libraries for people with print disability. The most common preconception is that the CNIB only helps the blind but in fact nine out of 10 people assisted have some vision.

Normal vision is the ability to see comfortably far away or near, with or without glasses. Low vision could be the loss of central vision or side vision; it could even be the loss of color vision or the difficulty to adapt to changes in brightness. Someone who is classified as having low vision cannot have their vision corrected with prescription glasses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t realize the full potential of the vision they do have and that’s where the CNIB’s low vision services can help. There are many different magnifiers and aids that can make the simple things most of us take for granted such as reading a book, doing a crossword puzzle or even watching TV a reality for them again.

With the help of the medical community more people can receive the proper care and support to deal with vision loss.

Many people experiencing low vision in our province do not seek help because they are unaware of the many services available to them. CNIB Request for Service forms can be filled out by doctors, nurses, care-givers or even family members who feel that a visit to the CNIB would be beneficial.

Help the CNIB carry on the message of vision health and vision hope throughout Newfoundland and Labrador by offering the people of our province a chance to see again.

For any further information or to make a referral please contact Low Vision Specialist Krista Wills at (709) 754-1180, ext. 208 or Donna Byrne at (709) 639-9167, ext 11.

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