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Ground breaking program to help vision impaired people needs your support

There’s a strong link between vision impairment and depression or anxiety.

David, 69, has lived with glaucoma and macular degeneration for a number of years. Up until five years ago, David’s overall sight was fine. He could drive to the shops for groceries and to meet friends. He had no limitations.

But sadly that has changed.

As David’s vision faded he lost his ability to drive. He had to be careful in getting around. New places were a challenge. This frightening loss of vision and personal independence has caused David great distress, which in turn has led to bouts of depression.

“You always compare what you could do before with what you can do now. Whatever I’ve attempted in my life I’ve been able to do. This’ll be the first time I won’t be able to.

I’ve still got objectives in my life and I fear I won’t be able to get there, and it will be the first time,” says David.

Your donation this Tax time will help us launch a ground breaking pilot program that will give visually impaired people the skills to cope with the loss of their independence.

Dr Gwyn Rees, Head of the Behavioural Research in Ophthalmology group here at the Centre for Eye Research Australia explains the program:

“What we’re aiming to do is give people the skills to cope with the challenges of vision loss and the distress it can create, and thereby prevent the onset of depression and anxiety.

We know once those disorders occur, they tend to be pretty resistant to change. So an early intervention program like this can really assist people and prevent the onset of major, severe mental health problems.”

Your gift can change the lives of people experiencing depression or anxiety as a result of their vision loss. Please make your gift towards this program today. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.2015 Tax Appeal patient, David

Finally, if you find yourself not coping, please know there is help available to you. Please speak to your GP in the first instance.