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Pictured are Stacy Fortnay (Eschenbach Optik) and Linda Simmons (VIS Group President).

For those who seek knowledge, or whose vision is showing signs of deterioration, the Visually Impaired Support (VIS) Group of Cumberland County is offering a free program called InSight on Vision.

Several area eye professionals will be presenting topics of interest. David W. Litchford, MD, (Litchford Eye Clinic) will be presenting the topic “Don’t Lose Sight of Your Eye Health.” You will learn what the doctor sees and knows about your overall health, simply by examining your eyes, which is so much more than a lens prescription.

Dr. Litchford will be joined by:

• Cory J. Bosanko (Eye Centers of Tennessee) will speaking about “Making the Most of Your Remaining Vision.” Find out about simple things you can do to optimize your vision and the latest apps you should know about.

• John Pino (Family Eye Medical, Lebanon) will present a topic close to his heart, “Keep Your Eyes on Nutrition.” Dr. Pino is one of the few eye physicians in the USA who holds a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition.

• Bruce D. Gilliland (SERA Low Vision Center, Knoxville) will talk about “Low Vision Driving.” Did you know that some legally-blind people can drive in Tennessee? Come find out the facts about low-vision driving.

• Liz Trauernicht (president of Macular Degeneration Foundation) will impart a hopeful message on MD research and provide enlightening materials and aids at the foundation’s exhibit table. Because Cumberland County is a popular area for retirement, it has a higher-than-average incidence of age-related macular degeneration.

• Jean Southard (Tennessee Rehabilitation Services) will present the benefits of having a vision assessment. This is a free service with no income requirements.  Cumberland County has over 2400+ residents who are unable to drive due to poor vision. The Tennessee Rehabilitation Services provides services and devices that make everyday tasks easier for the blind and visually handicapped, such as aids for reading, writing, cooking and communicating. These devices will be included at the Tennessee rehabilitation exhibit table.

Other topics will be presented: “Enhancing Your Vision” by Paul Day (Enhanced Vision) and “Optically Speaking” by Stacy Fortney (Eschenbach Optik). Day and Fortney will be demonstrating each company’s products. Come have a hands-on experience with the latest low-vision devices.

The VIS Group will also feature a new resource book especially for the visually challenged. It will include an all-encompassing view of who, what and where to get help. If the visually impaired have the aids and resources, they can do almost anything. Come pick up a copy at the InSight on Vision Conference, which will be held at the Art Circle Library (3 East St., Crossville) on Thursday, May 8. The exhibits and sign-in will be at 9 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30 a.m.

For further info, contact Linda Simmons at 456-6701 or