COVID-19 Update

March 27, 2020: New Vision’s board of directors voted today to suspend in-person services and continue having employees/volunteers work from home until further notice. However, New Vision continues to deliver many services via phone/video conference for all ages. If you need assistance, please call our office at (352) 435-5040 and we will return your call.

March 19, 2020: Effective today, New Vision’s office will be closed through April 5. Our employees will work from home and conduct as many services as possible via phone/video conference.

March 14, 2020: To be abundantly cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Vision Board of Directors voted to enact the following safeguards to protect the vulnerable populations we serve:

++ Effective Monday, March 16, New Vision will be suspending in-person service to clients the CDC considers “high risk,” i.e. adults over 60 or individuals with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and more, thru April 5. Some services will happen via phone as applicable, and our office will still be open as we process applications for services and plan our programs.

++ We have increased our screening and sanitation procedures in accordance with our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for all service delivery, group activities, and office procedures. Many activities will be postponed and/or altered to protect our guests.

Additionally, our support groups will occur via phone for the foreseeable future and we plan to hold them more frequently to support our New Vision family. Stay tuned for updated schedules.

From our family to yours, we wish you good health and lots of love!

text: "May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease."

Dining in the Dark 2020 is SOLD OUT!

**NOTE: Dining in the Dark 202 has been rescheduled to July 10. In the meantime, stay safe and well! We look forward to “seeing” you then!

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 10th 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 17, 2020 | Cocktails & silent auction 6:00 | Dining experience 7:15

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

Presenting Sponsor:

Lake Eye loho

Cocktail Sponsor:

Comcast Business logo

SWAT Photo Sponsor:

Mortgage Financial Group logo

We are currently sold out for this event. Please email Shelly at sgerig@newvisionfl.org to be added to the wait list. Thank you!


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

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)