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Vision loss is not the end

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Kessler is three years old -- and is totally blind. With the help of New Vision for Independence, Kessler is learning to interact with his world a little differently. He can continue to learn and thrive on his journey toward independence.

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The Facts About Vision Loss

In 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)

Getting Started

New Vision's services are available to individuals who meet the following guidelines:

  1. The individual has a severe bilateral visual impairment (affecting both eyes).
  2. The impairment affects the individual's daily living, educational, and/or vocational goals.
  3. The individual can benefit from services.

To get started, visit our Services page for more information.

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What's New at New Vision

Congrats to the 2017 Axy Award winners!

Grocery Store: Publix
Pharmacy: Walgreens
Fitness Center: Planet Fitness
Book Resource: Lake County Public Libraries
Utility Provider: SECO Energy
Bank: Insight Credit Union
Movie Theatre: AMC at Lake Square Mall
Cell Phone Service: Sprint
Hospital: Florida Hospital Waterman
Food Delivery: Papa John's

Thank you to everyone who nominated, voted, and participated in this year's awards. Above all else, thank you to these businesses and our other finalists for your commitment to ensuring your visually impaired customer enjoy their experiences at your businesses!


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9501 US Hwy 441,
Leesburg, FL 34788

Lake-Sumter State College,
Lake Hall, Room 140

(352) 435-5040
Fax: (352) 435-6303

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