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New store provides solutions for those visually impaired

Low Vision Products and Training of ND, LLLP, located at 320 W. Main St., has recently opened to provide products to help those who are visually impaired. Brian L. Gray photo

Low Vision Products and Training of ND, LLLP, located at 320 W. Main St., has recently opened to provide products to help those who are visually impaired. Brian L. Gray photo

The growing numbers of people being diagnosed with macular degeneration and other sight-impairing conditions motivated Kevin Vannett and Dennis Baumgartner to open Low Vision Products and Training of ND, LLLP, offering a full line of magnifiers and low vision aids.

The owners say vision aids are considered when ordinary eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery can’t provide enough improvement in sight. People who are visually impaired, which is often referred to as having low vision, may suffer from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts or other eye conditions. Their vision can be assisted, in many cases, with vision aids since these patients still have useful vision.

The retail store, located at 320 W. Main St., offers an extensive range of vision aids including magnifiers, telescopes, CCTV’s, high-powered reading glasses and absorptive filters. The owners emphasize that vision aids do not restore lost vision, but they can help a person keep his or her independence and allow them to read the newspaper, watch TV or write out a check once again. “We offer not only the products, but also the hands on training to help use the products and equipment that individuals purchase.”

Low vision can occur from an accident, an ailment such as diabetes, or a condition associated with aging such as macular degeneration, cataracts or glaucoma. People over age 50 experience low vision most often, but individuals of all ages may be affected.

“Anyone can have difficulty reading the small print of a menu in a dimly lit restaurant or seeing the directions on a medicine bottle and a simple pocket magnifier can do the trick,” Vannett and Baumgartner said jointly in a news release.

For more information, contact Low Vision Products & Training of ND, LLP at 214-4785.