Services are available to assist Gloucester County residents who are blind or visually impaired. In-home supportive counseling services assist in resolving temporary stressful situations, improving relationships, and general coping with the problems that visual impairment or blindness presents. Care management services aid in making referrals to appropriate agencies, along with follow-up activities to make sure the necessary services are provided. Services are free of charge. Services include:
Advocacy and counseling
Independent living skills
Socialization/connection to support groups
A person is eligible for services if he or she is a Gloucester County resident, 60 years or older, and either visually impaired or legally blind with best correction and is experiencing problems in their life as a result of vision loss.
Visually Impaired - An individual vision is 20/70 or less in the better eye. (The person sees at 20 feet what a normally sighted person sees at 70 feet.)
Legally Blind - An individual's vision is 20/200 or less in the better eye. (The person sees at 20 feet what a normally sighted person sees at 200 feet.) In addition, an individual is considered legally blind if he or she has a restricted visual field limited to 20 degrees or less. (The person sees 20 degrees of all of the objects in his or her field of vision when a normally sighted person would see 180 degrees.)
Gloucester County is committed to the prevention of blindness, and in collaboration with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, offers free eye screenings for adults and children over the age of four. For more information, call 856-384-6842