Vision and Eye Health

What is Vision Loss?

Vision loss means that a person's eyesight is not corrected to a "normal" level. 


Why Get an Eye Exam? To Spot the Signs You Can't See

What can you do to keep your vision and eyes healthy? The answer, get an eye exam. This video from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) makes the case for annual eye exams. 


As adults age, many will develop eye diseases that could become debilitating if not treated in time. But people can protect themselves by having eye exams that can spot early and often hidden signs of eye disease. Find out how the AAO recommends that you care for your eyes.
Eye Health
Visual impairments (VI) and eye health can have a significant effect on the lives of Nebraskans. Some common medical conditions that can lead to visual impairments are: cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to have a visual impairment? See Now has created the Sight Simulator to show what it is like to live with different eye diseases. You can search for your own street, just like on Street View, and see what it would be like to be legally blind in your own neighborhood.
The Nebraska Diabetes Prevention and Control Program also has information about dibetes and eye health.
Vision Loss and Children
Vision loss can vary greatly among children and can be caused by many things. Learn more about vision loss in children.
Vision Impairment in Nebraska
  • 56% of Nebraskans with vision impairment reported excellent, very good, or good health (BRFSS); 44% reported fair or poor health
  • 18% of Nebraskans with vision impairment were delayed getting needed medical care due to lack of transportation, compared to 2% without visual impairment.
  • 49% of Nebraskans with vision impairment have another chronic health condition such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia
  • 54% of Nebraskans who are visually impaired reported smoking every day or some days.


Visual Impairment and General Health Fact Sheet 

Visual Impairment and Health Risks Fact Sheet

Nebraska Resources:
There are a variety of resources in Nebraska for individuals affected by visual impairment. Many offer financial assistance, as well as social and rehabilitation assistance. The goal of these organizations is to better the quality of life for those impacted by visual impairment. A selection of agencies is listed below:
Nebraska Department of Education: Special Education Office
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
402 471-2471 (local)
402 471-5022 (fax)
402 471-2295 (TDD/TTY)
Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
824 10th Ave.; P.O. Box 129
Nebraska City, NE 68410
402 873-5513 (local)
402 873-3463 (fax)
(800) 826-4355 (toll-free)
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
4600 Valley Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844
402 471-2891 (local)
402 471-3009 (fax)
(877) 809-2419 (toll-free)
Nebraska Aging and Disability Resource Center
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68508
National Resources and Organizations:
Additional Resources:



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