The Facts About Vision Loss

the vision loss statistics visually presented atop silhouettes of Florida and Lake/Sumter CountiesIn Florida:

  • 490,120 Floridians are visually impaired or blind (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)
  • Florida is 2nd in the U.S. for visual impairment, macular degeneration, glaucoma, & cataracts; 3rd in the U.S. for diabetic retinopathy (Source: Prevent Blindness, 2012)

In Lake and Sumter Counties:

  • More than 13,000 Lake & Sumter residents are visually impaired or blind (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)

Effect of Vision Loss:

  • Americans believe that severe vision loss would negatively impact their lives more than HIV/AIDS, cancer, stroke, heart attack/disease, diabetes, and deafness (Source: American Foundation for the Blind, 2007)

Effect of Vision Rehabilitation:

  • Maintaining robust instrumental activities of daily living reduces mortality risk in those with uncorrectable vision loss. (Source: JAMA Network Journals, 2014)

Congrats to the Axy Award winners!

Axy Awards 2018At our Annual Luncheon sponsored by Beacon College on Dec. 6, 2018, New Vision awarded the annual Axy Awards for the most “blind-friendly” businesses in Lake, Sumter, and The Villages.

Thank you to all who nominated and voted in this contest, and to everyone who attended the Luncheon in support.

Our winners are…

  • Hospital: South Lake Hospital
  • Grocery store: Publix
  • Pharmacy: Publix
  • Movie theatre: AMC Lake Square 12
  • Cell phone service: AT&T
  • Bank: Wells Fargo
  • Fitness center: MVP
  • Clothing store: Kohl’s
  • Utility: Comcast Cable