Bob In the U.S., around 1.4 million people are living with a level of vision disability
that interferes with independence, safety, and well being—Not only at a personal
loss but an estimated cost of more than $4 billion annually in benefits and lost
taxable income for our economy. Many vision disorders can not be cured through medical
treatment or surgery; but vision rehabilitation can make the most of remaining vision.
The Low Vision Center provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation for people ages
5 to 100 with moderate to severe vision loss. Since our beginning in July 1997,
over 4,300 LVC patients have received equipment and skills training, education,
financial and additional program assistance. We are proud to report the successes
of people in our area (including Middle to East Tennessee, SE Kentucky, SW Virginia,
N. Georgia, N. Alabama, and W. North Carolina).
Our mission is to offer hope, encouragement, and empowerment for visually impaired
patients by moving them from dependence to independence. However, many patients
still are not getting the help they need. In most cases, Insurance and/or Medicare
do not cover the necessary low vision devices. Many patients cannot afford the equipment
and labor intensive services—unless you help.
Your financial gift supports the purchase of vision enhancement equipment available
for loan to patients. It helps provide for education and updating equipment for
low vision patients and staff. Monetary gifts can also provide seed money for promising
research, new equipment and adequate space to enhance low vision education and care.
The Low Vision Center is designated as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit entity by the
IRS. This means you may send your tax deductible gift directly to the Low Vision
Center or continue to earmark your contributions for the Low Vision Gift Fund administered
through the University of Tennessee. Either way, please know that your gift will
allow us to extend the low vision services to more needy patients.
Please help us continue to offer affordable patient care and equipment for this
vastly underserved population. For more information, please e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-522-2449.