Know the facts.

Living with blindness or vision loss is NOT a death sentence.
Over 20 million Americans report trouble seeing, and that number is on the rise. Coping with vision loss can feel overwhelming and stressful. However, when armed with the right information, one can live life with confidence and understanding. October is a month to raise awareness of the life-changing experiences faced daily by people who are blind.


The facts are sobering:

  • 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.
  • About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings.
  • 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.
  • Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.
  • The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has reduced in the last 20 years according to global estimates work.
  • 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.

There are many forms of blindness.
Blindness is a lack of physical vision. It may also refer to a loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Partial blindness means you have very limited vision. Complete blindness means you cannot see anything and do not see light and most people who use the term “blindness” mean complete loss of vision. People with vision that is worse than 20/200 with glasses or contact lenses are considered legally blind in most states in the United States. Vision loss refers to the partial or complete loss of vision. This vision loss may happen suddenly or over a period of time.


It can happen to any of us.

Sudden vision loss is always an emergency, even if you have not completely lost vision. You should never ignore vision loss, thinking it will get better. Contact an ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room immediately. Most serious forms of vision loss are painless, and the absence of pain in no way diminishes the urgent need to get medical care. Many forms of vision loss only give you a short amount of time to be successfully treated.

Turn to VRC.

If you have just begun to deal with vision loss, you probably have many questions, frustrations and fears. There are many local professionals, organizations, and resources that can help you get the help you need.

Contact your health professional. Schedule regular exams. And be proactive. If you need help, remember Vision Resource Center of Berks County is here for you. Our mission is to strive to prevent blindness and visual impairment, and to advocate and provide quality education, support services, and rehabilitation to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired persons and their caregivers. Our programs focus on helping to create an environment in Berks County in which all people who are blind or visually impaired can be a part of their communities with equal opportunities.

Remember… you are not alone.

Vision Resource Center provides programs and services to blind and visually impaired individuals and their caregivers in Berks County. Call 610-375-8407 for more information.  Please like our page on Facebook, too.






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