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The Man with the Bionic Eye

The bionic eye “allows me to connect with the world again,” Allen Zderad told a gathering at Vision Loss Resources on April 25. Minnesota’s first person to receive a bionic eye spoke at a meeting of the Northern Lights Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Zderad, accompanied by his wife, Carmen, described the surgery and his […]

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Learn More About Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)

After learning how to live with vision loss due to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) disorder, John J. Woodrow wants to begin an LHON organization. Woodrow, who lives in Newfoundland, Canada, begin experiencing is first symptoms of this inherited form of vision loss in 1996. This rare eye disorder usually unfolds slowly with a progressive […]

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Leading Causes of Vision Loss

Visual impairment affects many people and as one ages, the likelihood of vision loss increases significantly.  Over the age of 65, we all have a 1 in 4 chance of developing vision loss.  With these odds, chances are you probably know someone who lives with vision loss right now.  Some basic information helps to better […]

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Living with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Another interview from our Living with Vision Loss series offers hope, inspiration and insight from a client who has age‑related macular degeneration, a condition that results in the loss of the central portion of one’s vision.  Client:  All of a sudden I decided that if I wanted to fix my life, I had to do […]

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A Personal Story on Living with Vision Loss

Shirley, a client with age-related macular degeneration, shares her story about vision loss and how she coped. As devastating as it was to lose her sight, today she does more now than ever before.Interviewer:  The first thing I want to ask you is how you found out about your vision loss? Shirley:  I didn’t even know […]

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A Couple’s Personal Story on Living with Vision Loss

From our series on “Living with Vision Loss” here’s an interview with a happily married couple, Griff and Maxine, who received some difficult news that she had been diagnosed with pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a rare inherited disorder that affects the retina. Interviewer:  Was there a conversation that the two of you had together when you first learned you were losing […]

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Minnesotans with Vision Loss Problems Turn to Us

Hello, I’m Kate Grathwol, CEO and president of Vision Loss Resources, and I’m proud to kick off our first blog. We’re hearing a lot about the graying of America and our aging population. Today, statistics tell us that the fastest growing demographic is age 65 and over, or 12 percent of Minnesotans.  By 2030, it […]

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