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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, vision loss ranks among the top ten causes of disability. At the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI), our low vision clinic provides tools, rehabilitation and hope for people dealing with vision that prevents them from living life to the fullest. February is Low Vision Awareness Month, and CVI is committed to educating the community that we are now offering additional resources for low vision patients with our expansion of satellite clinics in several counties. CVI Director of Programs Dr. Windy Cruz, OTD, is instrumental in serving our low vision clients at these new satellite low vision clinic environments. Cruz says, “Our outreach to our satellite clinics continues to grow in 2024. We have received positive responses from clients utilizing these satellite locations due to the proximity of their home communities.”

Older woman using magnifier to identify medication.

Judy L. is one of CVI’s satellite clients who lives in Gainesville, and she is a very happy patient of North Georgia Eye Associates. She shares how convenient it is to book her CVI low vision appointments at her eye practice that is familiar without having to commute from her retirement home to the main office in Atlanta. North Georgia Eye Associates Physician Liaison, Kristina Rhodes, also shares about the positive experience for their patients. Rhodes says, “North Georgia Eye Associates is so proud to be able to enhance the lives of the visually impaired so our patients can receive quality follow up after a low vision diagnosis.”

Part of CVI’s strategic plan is to expand our reach and help many patients find the right support and tools they need. Cruz says, “Our mission is to serve the low vision populations throughout Georgia and to provide follow up services within their communities. We are currently helping people in Gainesville, Villa Rica, Decatur, and Cobb/Cumberland. Future communities included in our outreach for 2024 are in Clayton and Gwinnett Counties. We are looking forward to the possibility of providing outstanding low vision services to those individuals residing in these areas in addition to serving patients at our main clinic.”

To schedule a CVI appointment at our main low vision clinic or to learn more about satellite clinic options in your county, please call us at 404-875-9011.