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Vision and Health Resources

DIABETES

We do diabetic eye exams! At DFEC we recognize the impact diabetes can have on one’s health and vision. Controlling A1C is critical in preventing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Here is a link to Eli Lilly’s Prescription Assistance Program. Insulin is included on the list of medications on this program. www.lillycares.com/assistanceprograms/aspx

Did you know Dr. Allen’s nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4? Do you know a child or teenager with T1D? Here are a list of events, fundraisers and resources for this disease. #typeonetypenone Let’s find a cure!

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana has a Juvenile Diabetes Walk each May. There is another Walk on October 5, 2019 at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Go to JDRF.org for more information.

The Diabetes Youth Foundation has summer diabetes camps where children with T1D can learn more about managing this disease and to also participate in activities with fellow type 1 warriors their age. www.dyfi.org/summer-camp/

 

LOW VISION

Do you know someone with low vision? There are a number of resources in the Indianapolis area that can help individuals with low vision to remain as independent as possible.

Bosma.org Bosma Enterprises is a nonprofit organization that’s been helping Hoosiers with blindness and visual impairment for more than 100 years. Our experienced staff members (more than half of whom have low vision) offer personalized programs ranging from counseling to job placement to training for daily living, helping adults gain the life skills they need to remain independent and the job skills they need to stay self-sufficient.

Eyeassociates.com The Low Vision Centers of Indiana are located in Hartford City, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Lafayette. The optometrists in this practice are specialized in helping those with low vision. They are trained to prescribe varying devices and high magnifiers for the visually impaired.

Visionaidsystems.com The Low Vision Store is located in Greenwood, Indiana. They sell low vision aids from large print games, household items, and hand-held magnifiers to electronic magnifiers and computer technology. The experienced staff is dedicated to finding the best solution available for you or your loved one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most people between the ages of 40-45 start to have difficulty seeing up close. This is called Presbyopia and slowly progresses until about the age of 65. This is a normal change due to the lens in the eye hardening and losing flexibility.

Vuity is 1.25% pilocarpine. This is not a new drug. It has been on the market for decades and is used to temporarily shrink the pupil size. It is now being rebranded as a drop that can help improve near vision. How does this work? By shrinking the pupil size, physics tells us this can increase our depth of focus. This drop will not CURE presbyopia. It can improve it while the drop is active and the near blur will return when the dose wears off after approximately 4-6 hours. This drop is recommended for individuals ages 40-55.

Dosage: one drop in each eye once per day. Side effects: possible brown ache or a mild headache. The cost at this time is about $80-90 per month at most pharmacies and insurance does not apply.