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ALBANY, NEW YORK – The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will be hosting their tenth annual Low Vision Tech & Health Fairs on October 15, 2018 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany and on October 16, 2018 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Both are from 9:30am to 3:30pm and are free to the public. People with vision impairment as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.  This year’s theme is diabetes prevention awareness. Attendees are encouraged to bring used eyeglasses and hearing aids for re-purposing.

The purpose of a Low Vision Technology Fair is to showcase the latest in technologies designed to assist people with low vision and vision impairment with reading and daily activities. Low vision technology and vision related companies will be showcasing state-of-the-art products that help with reading and everyday tasks including C-TECH , IrisVisionNuEyes,  Vis-Ability, Robert Oyer LLC , OrCam , DiNapoli Opticians (Albany)  and others. Co-sponsored by Empire Blue Cross, NABA technology and rehabilitation staff will be on hand to answer questions. Other related organizations will be available to provide service information including the American Diabetes Association, Lions Clubs, NYS Talking Book & Braille Library, WMHT RISE Radio, the NYS Commission for the Blind, CDTA, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, ShopRite, local eye care professionals, service dog information and more. The Lions Hearing Conservation Society will be on hand to provide information about hearing screenings, hearing aids and device loaner program as well as other related resources. And on October 15th a recognition of National White Cane Awareness Day will be made.

Guest speakers will be presenting at each location on issues related to diabetes, healthy living, eye diseases and treatments. On October 15th, certified diabetic educator (CDE) Nancy Toleno will speak at 10am and ophthalmologist Dr. David Perlmutter of Perlmutter Eye Center in Albany will speak at 1pm. On October 16th , CDE Judy Carr will speak at 10am and ophthalmologist Dr. Erica Archer of Kenney Ophthalmology in Schenectady will speak at 1pm.

“Low vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery and that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities. Many Americans with low vision have difficulty reading mail, shopping, cooking, watching TV and even reading this article.

Since 1908 NABA, a nonprofit organization, has been fulfilling its mission to provide services and support to help blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages achieve independence and growth. NABA’s vision rehabilitation specialists work in-home and on-site with individuals to develop the skills that facilitate independent living. Located at NABA’s facility at 301 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York, the Dr. Harry M. Judge Vision Rehabilitation Center performs examinations by a low vision specialist for prescribing magnifiers, special glasses and adaptive devices. Services are no charge to the legally blind.

For more information about NABA’s Low Vision Tech & Health Fairs, contact Cheryl Lawyer at (518) 463-1211, clawyer@naba-vision.org or www.naba-vision.org.

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