Reminder: Cedar Street Senior Apartments Hosting Vision Loss Gathering on August 29

This is a press release from the Cedar Street Senior Apartments:

Southern Humboldt residents experiencing vision loss from macular degeneration, glaucoma, or other eye conditions have an opportunity to get hands-on experience with low vision devices to help with reading, glare, and magnification.

Cedar Street Senior Apartments in Garberville is hosting the free public event in their Community Room, 725 Cedar St. The event runs from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Former Humboldt County resident, Patty Newton White, who has family ties to the Garberville community, has been visually impaired for 20years. She and her husband Ken Twergo operate The Low Vision Store in Vancouver, Washington and travel widely in the Northwest helping people understand ways to accommodate for the loss of sight.

“Many people lose detail vision, cannot read, and they just give up, feeling there is nothing to do once prescription glasses cannot correct their vision,” White says. “Magnification aids, both lighted, hand-held lenses and new electronic magnifiers, have improved greatly over the years and bring back independence for many people.”

White will bring hand-held lenses in strong powers for people to try and learn how to use. She will also bring portable and table-top electronic magnification aids which greatly enhance vision independence for some people. People will be able to experiment with specialized glare glasses to counteract sight loss from too much or too little light. “Different glare filters block or allow varying percentages of the light spectrum. Designed for vision disabilities, White says these glasses can make a huge difference in comfort and ability to see shadow detail while managing brightness.

For information or to discuss individual circumstances, call the Low Vision Store toll-free at 888.216.1912 or visit Patty and Ken online at For directions to Cedar Street Senior Apartments, call Patti Rose at 707/923-1035.


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