How We Can Help
Confident living with vision loss.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is the oldest social service organization in the country that serves adults and elders who are blind or visually impaired. After more than a century in the field, we know that vision loss doesn't have to mean the end of a full life. But many people losing their vision don't know how to get help.
Our vision rehabilitation services help people with low vision maximize their remaining sight and learn to use adaptive strategies for completing daily tasks. Our trained specialists can help make a home safer and recommend simple devices to make life with low vision easier.
The majority of individuals experiencing vision loss are elders living with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. One in six people over the age of sixty-five has vision loss, and that number rises to half of elders over eighty. MABVI partners with respected members of the healthcare community to create high impact, cost effective services and meet the crucial need for low vision services.
What is low vision?
Low vision is defined as a visual impairment not corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, which interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities. Signs of low vision include finding it difficult or impossible to read, write, shop, watch television, drive a car or recognize faces. With low vision, you might have trouble picking out and matching the color of your clothes, setting dials, or managing glare. The lights may seem dimmer than they used to, making work or household chores more difficult. You may find you have loss of central vision or peripheral (side) vision, or experience blurriness or night blindness. You are not alone. We can help.