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Information & Resources to support older adults
with blindness or Low Vision

The Aging & Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC), a division of VisionServe Alliance, provides information and toolkits to help health care professionals better understand and help older people who are blind or visually impaired. 

A National Problem

  • Nearly half of all people aged 65+ in the United States already have at least one of the following eye conditions: 
    • GlaucomaDiabetic Retinopathy
    • Macular Degeneration
  • In the past five years, longitudinal studies have shown that 60% of adults aged 65+ are living with severe vision loss. 
  • According to the National Health Survey, only a small percent of these individuals receives vision rehabilitation services.

The AVLNC Service Provider Toolkit:

  • Identifies the multiple impacts of vision loss on every aspect of providing services to older adults.
  • Helps the older person see improved outcomes when vision loss is identified and accommodations are included in treatment, whether it be:
    • in home health, residential services, hospital, and hospital discharge planning, occupational or physical therapy, recreation, mental health services, retirement planning, insurance, legal/guardianship, and all manner of multi-faceted services.
  • Facilitates best practices among all who work with older adults with a functional assessment leading to individual service/treatment plans leading to maximum quality of life.
  • Click to access the toolkit!

The Big Data Report Project

Access the only studies providing comprehensive descriptions of older people with vision impairment at the state and county levels in one document.

  • Provides state-level data on the prevalence of blindness and low vision among people aged 65 years and older for many states with a goal to release reports for all US States.
  • Includes the prevalence and types of chronic conditions, QOL, disability, and social determinants of health measures among older people, including those with vision loss.
  • Includes data sets from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the American Community Survey (ACS).

Learn more about the Big Data Project at:

AVLNC Theory of Change

Access the full document at: : AVLNC Theory of Change_Accessible (003) revised 10.30.20.pdf

Added Professional Resources:
Professional Resources: A Guide to Helping People Who Are Blind or Low Vision – VisionAware

Information on eye conditions, including age-related eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and more. 

Eye Conditions and Diseases | National Eye Institute (

Understanding Vision Loss:

Signs and Symptoms of Vision Problems – VisionAware

What Is Legal Blindness? – VisionAware

What Is Low Vision? – VisionAware

Vision Rehabilitation Services – VisionAware

For people facing vision loss and their family members:

Time To Be Bold – Independent living for older adults with vision impairment
This program connects older adults with online resources, copy strategies, and a hotline to call for support. Visit:

4to24 App – 4to24 is a mobile app created to help youth with blindness or vision loss, and their parents, focus on the necessary steps to prepare for employment and independent living. A version for parents of youth with deaf-blindness and additional disabilities is also available. Learn more at:

Roadmap to Living with Vision Loss: What Kinds of Services Will You Need to Maintain Independence? – VisionAware

Getting Started 2020: A Guide for People New to Vision Loss – VisionAware  

What Family Members Need to Know about Vision Loss and Its Impact – VisionAware

Resource List for Caregivers of Individuals with Vision Loss – VisionAware

Vision Simulation Video – VisionAware

Volunteer for AVLNC

The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC) needs talented volunteers to advance our life-changing work. It’s an ideal opportunity to volunteer yourself or nominate someone from your team for one of our AVLNC committees:

  • Access to Quality Services Committee
  • Data and Research Committee
  • Policy and Funding Committee
  • Public Awareness Committee

Volunteer today

Libby Murphy
Director, Program Development
VisionServe Alliance