We see the world through oureyes. But what happens to ourworld when we can’t see?
CNIB, formerly known as theCanadian National Institute for theBlind, helps about 10,000 Albertansevery year with partial or total visionloss. Its programs and serviceshelp people of all ages who areblind or have vision loss regaintheir independence by learninghow to do everyday activities, fromwalking with a white cane and usingtechnology to ironing a shirt toriding the bus.
Other services include braillelessons, how-to videos and careerplanning. CNIB also offers peersupport groups and informationfor friends and family of thosewith vision loss. It works witheach person to make sure anyoneexperiencing vision loss cancontinue to do what is important
Helping with life after vision loss
CNIB works with 10,000 Albertans every year
and enjoyable to them.
“Depending on the degreeof a client’s vision loss, theprogram offerings and the path torehabilitation are different,” saysJohn McDonald, executive directorof CNIB Alberta and NorthwestTerritories.
“Developing the ability to live with
vision loss is very different for kids
who have vision loss versus senior
citizens who develop vision loss
at a later stage in life,” McDonald
says. “So we develop personalized
rehabilitation solutions based on the
The CNIB has six offices in
Alberta; for locations and more
information, visit cnib.ca/alberta or
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Sponsored by CNIB
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Preventing vision loss
Your eyes are like the rest of yourbody: they benefit from a healthylifestyle. CNIB says healthy eatingand active living are good first stepsto maintaining your overall well-being and your eyesight.
Other steps to protect youreyesight include wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and havinggood lighting when you’re reading,studying or working, advisesMyHealth.Alberta.ca.
Almost 75 per cent of vision lossis preventable or treatable, makingregular visits to an optometrist orophthalmologist another importantstep in protecting your eyesight.
For more about preventing visionloss, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca.