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Griffin Hospital, Lions Club Host Low Vision Talk

By Janet Maurice on 1/28/2016

Griffin Hospital and Lions Club of Connecticut will host “Taking a Look at Low Vision,” a free talk about Low Vision, its causes and therapy options on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. 

Low Vision is a chronic medical condition affecting one in six adults over 45 years of age in which an individual has a degree of vision loss that can no longer be corrected by eye glasses, medicine or surgery. Individuals with low vision are not blind; however, they often have difficulty using their remaining vision efficiently and effectively enough to complete needed activities.

Dr. Joseph Sokol, of Connecticut Eye Specialists in Shelton, will explain Low Vision and its causes, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Staff from Griffin Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department will present rehabilitation options for those diagnosed with Low Vision, and representative from the Lions Club will talk about Lions Low Vision Centers which provide free adaptive equipment and devices.

Griffin Hospital recently opened a Lions Low Vision Center at 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community.

To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

For more information about the Lions Low Vision Center at Griffin Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department, call 203-732-7445 or visit griffinhealth.org or lionslowvisioncenters.org.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.

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