Many people with vision loss experience “phantom images” that are often pleasant images such as butterflies, flowers, or even friendly faces. These visual hallucinations, while lovely, can be unsettling for the person experiencing them. The source of these phantom images is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome that mysteriously appears with vision loss.
Former Harvard Professor, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and leading researcher on Charles Bonnet Syndrome. She will present the morning keynote presentation, “Phantom Vision: Charles Bonnet Syndrome” at the upcoming “Insight: A Low Vision Expo” on May 17, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Dr. Jackson’s presentation will encourage anyone with low vision to speak up for their needs.
The event is presented by SightConnection. SightConnection provides low vision rehabilitative services throughout King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties to older adults living with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other sources of low vision.
Low vision is a hidden disability which often perplexes individuals, families, and friends; but, when families and caregivers understand vision loss, people can adjust to their conditions in better, healthier ways. Insight’s afternoon keynote speaker is Occupational and Low Vision Therapist Dr. Orli Weisser-Pike who has over seventeen years of clinical experience in vision loss and is the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association Recognition of Achievement Award for Leadership and Advancement in Low Vision. Dr. Weisser-Pike’s “Keeping Caregivers in Sight” keynote will discuss how to balance supporting and empowering your loved one with low vision.
Those attending Insight will also have a lot to learn at an all-day Assistive Technology (AT) Learning Lab, vendor fair and group topic sessions. This year’s AT Learning Lab is sponsored by Optelec, international provider of life-changing vision aids and will feature hands-on demonstrations of the best assistive technology available. In addition, Insight’s Vendor Fair showcases local businesses and organizations offering services. Led by SightConnection staff and guest speakers, group topic sessions will cover the relevant issues of fall prevention, everyday assistive technology, caregiver support, and answer questions posed in a Doctor Q & A Panel.
Entry to Insight: A Low Vision Expo is by suggested donation of $20 per person and includes lunch. To Register for Insight visit www.sightconnection.org or call 206-525-5556.