eye-testLOSING your vision due to age related diseases such as Macular Degeneration can be both challenging and depressing. For many people it marks the end of many recreational and daily living activities that are central to an independent lifestyle. There are now many new technology options available that can help people retain their independence, despite failing eye-sight. However, for a person who can’t read anymore, it can be difficult to find out what they are and how they can help. Here is one person’s story about how electronic magnification has helped turned a life around. Florence is 87 years old and has always loved doing crosswords. For years, she would sit at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and work through them with delight. But after being diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, her vision deteriorated and she was no longer able to do them. She was also unable to do quite a lot of other everyday activities. This all changed in June 2009 when Florence was introduced to Quantum Reading Learning Vision and their electronic magnifiers. After an assessment of her needs, Florence was able to get funding through Veteran Affairs for a device called ClearView+ which magnifies anything placed under it. Using it every day, Florence now checks her mail regularly, keeping up to date with bills and letters from family and friends. When cooking, Florence can check labels on packets of food, “Before I couldn’t tell which flavour the jelly was!” and also manages her medication, as she can again read the directions on the bottle. When asked what sort of impact the magnifier has had on her life, Florence responded; “Wonderful! This machine has opened up a whole new life for me.” For more information please contact Quantum RLV on 1300 883 853, email info@quantumrlv.com.au or visit www.quantumrlv.com.au

Free sessions

Two free sessions in Wonthaggi and Cowes will provide an overview of the newest technology in helping people with vision loss and also hearing impairments. The demonstration includes free eye checks and hearing screening. The Wonthaggi session will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 10am to 2pm at the Wonthaggi Library, and at Cowes on Thursday, October 31 from 10am to 2pm at the Phillip Island Library.