Topics: Vision impairment

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Enhancing Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Patients in Rural America

RID-certified ASL interpreter Kirk Neuroth interprets


Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind people in rural communities may struggle to access healthcare due to a lack of interpreters as well as providers’ misunderstanding of their culture and communication needs. A Michigan clinic hires ASL-fluent staff and provides telemental health, a New Jersey state division provides deaf sensitivity training, and a Colorado program brings interpreters to rural communities.

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October 9, 2019

Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations

child getting eye exam, image source: National Eye Institute


Rural Americans of all ages often go without eye healthcare, a gap that has obvious consequences: blindness and low vision. National associations and an FQHC administrator talk about how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients.

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January 9, 2019

Looking at Vision-related Data: Research Gaps and Eye Care Guidelines

eye exam; image source: National Eye Institute


Public health experts, researchers, and organizations who are concerned about eye health in rural America note new data collection efforts to be able to better understand vision care needs. Screening guidelines also play an important part in vision care in rural America.

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January 9, 2019