SightConnection provides low vision rehabilitative services throughout King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties to older adults living with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other sources of low vision. In response to the growing numbers of people living with low vision, SightConnection created Insight: A Low Vision Expo to offer a whole day of discovering the best resources for low vision. The event will be from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Many people with vision loss experience “phantom images” that are often pleasant images such as butterflies, flowers, or even friendly faces. These visual hallucinations, while lovely, can be unsettling for the person experiencing them. The source of these phantom images is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome that mysteriously appears with vision loss. A former Harvard Professor, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and leading researcher on Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Jackson will present a morning keynote presentation titled “Phantom Vision: Charles Bonnet Syndrome” that will encourage anyone with low vision to speak up for their needs.
Low vision is a hidden disability which often perplexes individuals, families, and friends; but, when families and caregivers understand vision loss, people can adjust to their conditions in better, healthier ways. Insight’s afternoon keynote speaker is Occupational and Low Vision Therapist Dr. Orli Weisser-Pike who has over 17 years of clinical experience in vision loss and is the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association Recognition of Achievement Award for Leadership and Advancement in Low Vision. Dr. Weisser-Pike’s “Keeping Caregivers in Sight” keynote will discuss how to balance supporting and empowering your loved one with low vision.
Those attending Insight will also have a lot to learn at the all-day Assistive Technology (AT) Learning Lab, vendor fair and group topic sessions. This year’s AT Learning Lab is sponsored by Optelec, international provider of life-changing vision aids and will feature hands-on demonstrations of the best assistive technology available. In addition, Insight’s Vendor Fair showcases local businesses and organizations offering services. Led by SightConnection staff and guest speakers, group topic sessions will cover the relevant issues of fall prevention, everyday assistive technology, caregiver support, and answer questions posed in a Doctor Q & A Panel.
Entry to Insight: A Low Vision Expo is by suggested donation of $20 per person and includes lunch. To register for Insight visit www.sightconnection.org or call 206-525-5556.