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Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Blindness/Low Vision Defined:

Blindness is defined as the state of being sightless. A blind individual is unable to see. In a strict sense the word blindness denotes the condition of total blackness of vision with the inability of a person to distinguish darkness from bright light in either eye. The terms blind and blindness have been modified in our society to include a wide range of visual impairment. Blindness is frequently used today to describe severe visual decline in one or both eyes with maintenance of some residual vision.

Vision impairment, or Low Vision, means that even with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, you don't see well. Vision impairment can range from mild to severe. Worldwide, between 300 million and 400 million people are visually impaired due to various causes. Of this group, approximately 50 million people are totally blind. Approximately 80% of blindness occurs in people over 50 years old.

Blindness/Low Vision Statistics Central Florida:

At least 10 million people are blind in the US today, according to American Foundation for the Blind.

Every seven minutes, someone in the United States loses their vision - In Florida, the incidence is 10 per 1000 according to the National Eye Institute, or twice the national rate.

Much of the higher prevalence of blindness and visual impairment among Floridians is attributable to the large and growing elderly population in our state. A recent study performed by Duke University tells us that 50% of elders have one of three eye conditions which can lead to blindness: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.

Increased survival rates for prematurely born infants also are having an impact. A recent study indicates that, among babies surviving premature births (22-25 weeks gestation), 46% had severe or moderate disabilities including vision loss.

Due to rapid population growth in particular among seniors, vision loss in Florida can be expected to far outpace the national average over the next two decades.

Blind and visually impaired elders who do not have access to professional Vision Rehabilitation services face an increased risk of being forced into Assisted Living Programs (loss of independence); Emergency Room visits due to falls; and loss of economic productivity for both the individual and their families.

The unemployment rate among working aged blind people in the U.S. is 70%

How do I access low vision or vision rehabilitation services?
Please contact Lighthouse Central Florida at 407-898-2483, or click this link to refer someone. A representative from Lighthouse will contact you in response.

In addition to Lighthouse Central Florida, what are some other resources for blind and sight impaired individuals?
Visit our "Resources" page for a list of local and national resources that may be able to help.

What is Vision Rehabilitation?
“Vision Rehabilitation” is a process where people experiencing vision loss learn new ways to approach tasks and daily living.

Where are you located?
We are located just north of Downtown Orlando in the College Park area. Our address is 215 East New Hampshire St. Orlando, FL 32804. We also have a downtown location housing our administrative offices and our Lighthouse Works division at 2500 Kunze Avenue Orlando, FL 32806.

How long are Independent Living Skills classes?
ILS classes are 5 hours a day, 2 times a week (Monday & Wednesday, or Tuesday & Thursday), for 7 weeks.

Do you provide transportation?
No, but there are transportation services that do provide transportation for blind and sight impaired individuals, such as, Access Lynx, and ITN (Independent Transportation Network).

Do you provide assistance for transportation?
Assistance for transportation is based upon individual needs. Please speak with one of our client services coordinators if you meet the requirements for transportation assistance.