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

Dining in the Dark 2019

New Vision for Independence and Lake Eye Associates invite you to “dine for a night without sight” at our annual Dining in the Dark event. Experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before – without your sight. In this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in total darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you while wearing night vision goggles. The ninth annual Dining in the Dark event is designed to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for New Vision, our local non-profit serving people with low vision or blindness and their families in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages.

When: April 12, 2018 | Cocktails & silent auction 6:00 | Dining experience 7:15

Where: Lake Receptions, 4425 N. HWY 19A, Mount Dora

Tickets: $75 per person, $650 for a sponsored table of 8


  • Salad: mixed greens topped with feta cheese, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts, with your choice of raspberry vinaigrette or ranch
  • Entree: your choice of
    • MEAT duet plate of pork tenderloin with bourbon apple chutney AND sliced sirloin with red wine sauce OR
    • VEGETARIAN plate of cheese manicotti with marinara sauce
  • Sides: corn & zucchini souffle, green beans with almonds

We are sold out as of 3/26/19. Email us to be added to the wait list:, or call 352-435-5040.

In addition, New Vision hosts several unique special events throughout the year. Check out our Events page for more!

Vision loss is not the end

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.

New Vision’s services are available to individuals of all ages 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!

How You Can Help

Help a visually impaired child learn to read
$25 purchases two Braille storybooks
$50 sponsors group story time
$100 provides a week of instruction to the child and family

Help a legally blind man learn to take the bus to college
$10 covers bus fare during training
$25 purchases a white cane
$100 sponsors one lesson of mobility training to start learning bus travel

Help a teenager with low vision learn to make dinner
$25 purchases food & other supplies
$100 provides instruction in kitchen safety
$250 sponsors an overnight training activity

Help a great-grandfather with macular degeneration re-learn to pour a cup of coffee
$5 purchases a tray to minimize spills
$20 purchases a liquid level indicator, a small device designed to replace putting your finger in a hot cup of coffee to know how full the cup is
$100 provides instruction in pouring and kitchen safety

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)