Local Lions donate FREE Magnifying Cards for People with Low Vision

Lions donation 16(Torrington, CT) Local Lions have donated a supply of wallet sized magnifying cards to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) for distribution at its front desk or Emergency Department. Residents may stop by anytime and pick one up for free.

Vice President of the Lions Low Vision Center Harry Schuh and Past President of the Torrington Lions Club Kiki Tucker recently visited the hospital to drop off the cards and renew their commitment to the Lions/CHH Low Vision Center located at CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic at 1151 East Main Street, Torrington.

Working together, CHH and the Lions created the Low Vision Center last year to provide support for individuals who experience low vision by assessing their sight limitations.  Following an assessment to determine their degree of vision loss, an individualized plan will be created with specific goals focused on providing assistance and improving their quality of life. These strategies are developed to help perform daily tasks, at times using tactile and talking products. In providing these services, individuals with low vision are able to live more safely and independently. Michelle Whitford, Registered Occupational Therapist, heads up the program and has received extensive training in low vision and will be providing this service to the patients in this community.

“Low vision affects over two thirds of adults over 65 years of age.  It’s our goal to ensure that older adults with low vision are able to maintain their independence and experience quality of life. Our hospital is pleased to partner with the Lions as we are inspired by them. The Center is really made possible by their resources and encouragement.” said Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Organizational Development.

A physician referral is needed. The cost of these services will be assumed by insurance providers and any other form of governmental or private reimbursement available. Office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the CHH Occupational Therapy Department at (860) 496-0046.

People that have low vision often report they “can’t see.” Low vision is a condition that can’t be corrected by medical or surgical intervention or by eyeglasses.  It limits an individual’s ability to complete many daily activities, which may include any of the following examples: reading and signing forms, reading the numbers on a clock, or difficulties locating steps, curbs or items within one’s home.

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, or history of stroke or diabetes, are the most common medical conditions causing low vision. Simple tasks may become more difficult and frustration often occurs with low vision.  Although low vision can’t be corrected, there are many ways to make daily tasks easier. There is now help locally for people affected by low vision.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.  

PHOTO CAPTION: Harry Schuh, Vice President of the Lions Low Vision Center (L) and Kiki Tucker, Past President of the Torrington Lions Club, present Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President or Organizational Development, with a supply of wallet sized magnifying cards for free distribution at the hospital’s front desk or Emergency Department.


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