Toccoa Lions Club "Low Vision" Information
If You Or Someone You Know Is Having A Problem With Their Vision, This Information Is Especially For You
You may simply need an eye examination and eye glasses:
The best place to start is with an eye examination. The Toccoa Lions Club provides free eye screening at events throughout the year. Contact us for times and locations. Also, there are several excellent Optometrists in Toccoa/Stephens County. If you cannot afford an eye examination, please contact the Toccoa Lions Club Hot Line, 706-282-0440 or you can contact us on our website. If an eye examination and eye glasses does not correct your problem, you may need additional help. In some cases this will involve additional medical help. Your eye care professional can refer you to a specialist. Organizations such as the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind are also a resource.
In other cases, you may need help in adapting to your loss of vision:
This help typically comes in the form of training, tools and techniques. Below is a list of organizations that can provide help.
If you are still in the workplace:
The Georgia Department of Labor has a low vision rehabilitation program to help people enter/stay in the job market. The GDOL only gives workplace assistance. You can contact the GDOL at 770-535-5925 for more information on this program.
If you are a veteran:
The Veteran Services has an excellent program for low vision and blind veterans. They provide a full range of training, techniques and tools to assist the veteran. The local contact for Veteran Services is William Tucker, Department of Veterans Service 706-886-4696. William is in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex. He is normally in the office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
If you are over 55 years of age:
The VISTAS Center provides help for low vision and blind citizens. The contact number is 1-706-995-2216. The website is www.vistascenter.com and the address is 337 S. Milledge Ave, Suite 114, Athens, GA 30605-5640. Please call Margaret Tribble, Office Manager, for more information on the services provided by VISTAS Center.
Helpful vision loss websites:
The American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss
Welcome to the AFB Center on Vision Loss this is a unique demonstration and information center specifically dedicated to helping people with vision loss find the resources, help, and support needed to continue living a healthy, independent life. http://www.afb.org/section.asp?SectionID=52
The American Foundation for the Blind Senior Site®
Welcome are you an older person experiencing visual impairment? This site was designed with you in mind. It contains helpful solutions and resources that can help you and your family members cope with vision problems. http://www.afb.org/seniorsitehome.asp
Other available services include:
The National Library Services –Talking Books
Is a free service for low vision or blind people. They provide a free digital talking book player and a wide selection of books. This is an excellent service. Please contact the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center for more information on this service. The contact information is: Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center, Athens-Clarke County Regional Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606-6331.
The phone number is (706)613-3655
Braille Talking Bible:
The Braille Bible International organization provides a low cost talking Bible for low vision/blind people. There is a small ($20.00) charge. The talking Bible is small, has a long battery life and allows you to go directly to a book and chapter. This makes it very convenient for studying the bible. For more information, please contact Braille Bibles International, PO Box 378, Liberty, MO 64069-0378; Phone (800) 522-4253, Fax (877) 822-4253; website - www.braillebibles.org