Be Inspired by Nature: Get Outside This Summer

With summertime in full swing, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. There are so many wonderful outdoor activities for you to participate in.  We have compiled a list of activities that will refresh your mind, your body and your soul. We want you to enjoy your time outside and become inspired by mother nature’s beauty.

Try Some Gardening

Gardening is one of those activities that can take some skill, but if you have been blessed with a green thumb, it could be for you. You don’t need a large space to garden; you can use a small area of your yard, or for those who don’t want a full garden or don’t have a yard, you can always use planters to plant your flowers or smaller veggie plants in. This will keep everything together and manageable.

Have a Picnic

Why not have a picnic? It doesn’t need to be extravagant. You can pack a blanket, sandwiches, snacks and drinks and head to your local park. To make things even simpler, you can save gas and have a picnic out in your backyard. It will still be a change of scenery from your kitchen table, and you will be able to catch some fresh air and some of the sun’s beautiful rays.

Throw a Bar-b-que

Continuing with our backyard/outside eating theme, why not have a bar-b-que? Invite your family and friends over, have everyone bring a dish, sit back and enjoy. You can listen to music (on this portable CD player), play soccer with this soccer ball, or catch-up and tell old stories.

Go For a Walk

Going for a walk is something that you can at any time. All you need is a comfortable pair of well-fitting shoes, and you’ll be set! According to the Harvard Medical School “walking is simple, yet powerful. It can help you stay trim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases (diabetes and heart disease, for example).”

Check Out Your Local Entertainment Scene

Many cities and towns around the country offer summer concert series, movies in the park, different types of festivals or outdoor plays. Most of these events are free to the public, or if they are paid, they are usually for a small fee. We recommend checking out your town’s website or facebook page to find out about upcoming events.  

Outdoor Craft Shows and Flea Markets

If you enjoy shopping and crafts, this idea is just for you. Throughout the summer months and holiday season, many charities, churches, and local crafting guilds hold their annual craft fairs. This is also when a lot of the flea markets are held as well. These markets are fun to go to because there are always so many hidden gems that you’re able to find. Plus it’s always fun to check out how creative everyone is, and all of the fantastic items that they have made.

Game Day Outside

Why not have a game day outside? You can construct game day any way you wish. It can be as simple as a board game or a deck of cards. If you decide you would like it to be a bit more strenuous, you can include walking races, pickleball, wiffle ball, lawn darts, horseshoe or beach ball volleyball in your line-up.

Getting out of the house will be great for your mind, body, and soul. It will help you to relax a bit while having fun. So get outside, enjoy the fresh breeze in your hair, fresh air in your lungs, and sun on your face.


ILA has a variety of mobility aids to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, a stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.



4 Reminders to Keep Yourself Safe This Summer

Summertime is officially here, and we could not be more excited! With summer comes the sun, the fun, the heat and the opportunity to be outside with family and friends partaking in all different kinds of activities. Often, however, we are so busy trying to take in the sights and having fun, that we forget to take care of ourselves by doing the basics. This week we have come up with a few reminders to help protect yourself this summer.  

Reminder #1 Protect Your Eyes!

It’s easy to leave home without your sunglasses if you’re in a hurry to make it to an appointment, meet a friend or go for a walk. To avoid a possible corneal burn (sunburn in your eyes), make sure you are protecting your eyes with a pair of sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, like these from ILA.

In addition to wearing a great pair of protective sunglasses when you’re out and about, we also want to remind you to wear the appropriate eye gear when you are playing sports or working on other projects where eye protection is recommended to be worn.

Finally, if you decide to go swimming, bring along a pair of goggles. This will protect your eyes from the discomfort of the chemicals in a swimming pool, and will also protect your eyes from the debris of swimming in the lake or ocean. Wearing the correct protective eyewear while you participate in these fun summer activities will surely help in protecting your eyes from the elements.

Reminder #2 Keep Yourself Cool This Summer

You can keep yourself cool this summer by wearing light, airy clothing. Clothing made of seersucker, Madras, hopsack, oxford or linen are summertime favorite because they are all lightweight and have similar textures. They keep part of the fabric away from the skin, which allows your skin to breathe more freely.

Clothing that is light in color reflects sunlight, which will keep you cooler, unlike its dark counterpart that will absorb and trap the heat in. Also consider wearing long flowing, loose-fitting garments. These will keep you cooler than wearing a pair of shorts because they allow for more airflow.  

Reminder #3 Stay Hydrated & Eat Healthy

While we should focus on eating healthy and staying hydrated year-round, it’s especially important during the summer months. Eating smaller, well-balanced meals regularly will help your body to function better and provide you with more energy throughout the day.

Also, make sure that you are limiting your intake of alcoholic, caffeinated or other sugary drinks. These types of drinks will cause further dehydration. Instead, replace these sugary drinks with water. Drinking water throughout the day will quench your thirst and keep you more hydrated than any other drink out there.

According to “Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.”

Reminder #4 Wear Sunscreen

According to an article from everyday health, in “July 2015 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the results of a 2013 survey and found that only 14.3 percent of men, and 29.9 percent of women, in America reported that they regularly use sunscreen.”

Wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest things we can do to protect ourselves from skin cancer every day. Try to find a lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher. To avoid being burned, it should be reapplied every 2 hours. Furthermore, no sunscreen is sweat or water proof; lotions should be applied 20-30 minutes prior to getting into the water and depending on your specific lotion, should be applied every 40-80 minutes.

Enjoy Your Fun in The Sun!

Summertime is a fun time, full of laughter, joy, and memories being made. As we grow older, it becomes even more imperative that we take care of ourselves so that we can live a long and happy life. ILA hopes that you have a wonderful summer that is full of sun, fun, and laughter. We hope that you take these simple reminders with you to keep yourself safe this summer.


ILA has a variety of sunglasses to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.

How Do You Know It’s Time For Reading Glasses?

Lately, have you noticed when you are reading that you feel like your eyes are really straining to see the words on the paper? Do you have to move the paper or book further away from your eyes to see the wording more clearly?

If you do, you could be suffering from Presbyopia, also known as Long-sightedness. Presbyopia is not a disease, but more of a growing pain leading you into middle age. Around the age of 40, our natural internal lenses become less flexible. This means that our vision close up to objects becomes worse with less flexibility.

By age 45 most people will need some type of assistance with their vision, whether it be readers or contact lenses.

What Are Some Of The Signs of Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is something that comes with age and is completely normal. It’s the normal loss of your ability to focus on things close up. Some of the symptoms or signs to keep an eye out for are:

  • You are age 40 or older.
  • You may struggle to see print clearly- this could be you holding a book up close to your face but having to move the book farther away from your face to be able to see the words clearly
  • You may struggle to see smaller print in dim lighting.
  • You notice that your eyes begin to hurt when you are reading, sewing or doing other close eyework.
  • You find yourself getting headaches when you try to read.

What Are Readers?

Readers are glasses that are readily available to purchase online (like here at ILA) or in a local drugstore. These glasses are measured in units called diopters and range in strength of magnification from +1.00 up to +5.00 increasing in strength by .25.

They come in a wide range of varieties and styles. You can choose full frames (the prescription covers the entire lens) or “half-eyes” (these are the Benjamin Franklin style glasses that sit lower on the nose).

When looking to purchase a pair of readers, it is important to note that these glasses cannot be adjusted to strength per eye. If you think that readers may be an option for you, we recommend contacting your eye doctor. They will be able to recommend the correct strength for your eyes and can even write you a prescription for them as well.

If you choose to go to the store and pick out a pair of your readers on your own, WebMD recommends trying different strengths to find the magnification that will work best for you. They tell you to “hold a magazine 14”-16” away from your face”. They also mention that you may consider purchasing a couple of pairs, one pair for close up and one for middle distances (looking at a computer screen).

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you schedule a baseline eye exam with your doctor when you turn 40. This is typically the time when most people begin to have problems with their eyes. Eye exams should be continued as recommended by your physician.


ILA has a variety of reading glasses to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting



3 Gift Ideas For The Hearing Impaired Dad

Purchasing a Father’s Day gift for the dad with a hearing impairment can be a bit daunting. In some cases, it can be a sensitive topic because he has not yet come to terms with the fact that his hearing isn’t as good as it once was.

Or if he has been living with his hearing impairment for a while now, he still may not like to talk about it, and that’s ok. Finding a thoughtful gift for him will not only say thank you for all he has done for you, but it will also show him that you care. This week, we would like to give you a few ideas on some gifts that any dad would love.

How about Earbuds and headphones?

Why not pick your dad up a pair of wireless earbuds or headphones?  While wireless earbuds can be a bit pricey, they are great for those struggling with hearing loss. Most earbuds connect to your devices via bluetooth and are placed directly into the ear. By putting the earbud into the ear, the sound is placed more deeply into it, thus allowing the wearer to hear the music or phone call more clearly.

While looking at earbuds, you can also check out headphones. You can find noise-canceling or even headphones specifically for the TV. These headphones can be connected to your dad’s TV, again by Bluetooth, and stream the sound directly into the headphones. ILA carries lightweight, comfortable, Amplified Bluetooth Headphones.

Another option for dad could be turning his hearing aids into wireless stereo headphones. Yes, you read that right! If your dad has Phonak hearing aids, you can help him turn them into wireless headphones. “The Phonak TVLink enables hearing aid users to receive sound directly into their hearing aids.” The only caveat is that this must be used in conjunction with a ComPilot or ComPilot Air.

Not Just Any Old Alarm Clock

Do you think that you may want to find something a little more practical for Father’s Day this year? What would you say to a new alarm clock? Yes, there is the old adage, been there, done that, but sometimes those who struggle with hearing loss have a hard time hearing their alarm clocks in the morning. Several different types of clocks are available.

First, there are alarm clocks like this one, that come with a bed shaker. The shaker is placed under the mattress and will shake the bed when it is time to wake up. Secondly, you can check out alarm clocks that vibrate when it is time to wake up. This particular clock is portable and can easily be taken with your loved one when they travel.  Finally, if you’re not sure if your dad would like to wake up to the vibrating alarm clock, you can check out an alarm clock with flashing lights. There is even a bodyclock alarm clock that will gradually light up and help wake you naturally.

Let Dad Know When You Are There to Visit

If you’re concerned that the dad in your life may be missing visitors who come to his home because he may not be hearing the doorbell, you may consider looking into a portable doorbell like this, It has 3 volume levels and a flashing light. You could also get a few extra to place strategically throughout his home or apartment.

Buying Father’s Day gifts doesn’t need to become a stressful thing. With a little bit of thought, you can come with some pretty great ideas that any dad in your life would surely appreciate.

ILA has a variety of Father’s day gifts to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!




This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting


Simple Alerts for the Phone

If you are hearing impaired, choosing an alerting system for your phone doesn’t have to be complicated. There are several simple alerting options that are easy to use and easy on the budget.

Devices that Ring Loudly

If you have some hearing, one option is to find a phone amplifier. Amplifiers make your phone ring louder. Our Audible Ring Signaling Device by Clarity offers an adjustable loud ringer and includes an adjustable ringing tone. This is helpful because sometimes the tone is as important as the volume in determining whether or not you can detect the sound. And the Audible Ring is powered by the phone line, so no batteries are needed.

Devices that Flash

If you only need a visual signal, you can choose a basic flashing alert, like the Phone Strobe Flasher. This compact strobe light has a powerful flash that will let you know when your telephone or TTY is ringing.

The strobe is easy to install and is powered by the phone line, so no batteries are needed. It will work with any analog phone and measures 3.25 x 2 x 1.25 inches.

Devices That Vibrate

But what if you’re deaf, and you’re not looking at your phone to see the flash? Phone alerts that vibrate solve that problem. Ditto is a wearable cell phone alert clip that allows you to feel your phone from 50 to 100 feet away. Ditto notifies you to calls, texts, emails, alarms and calendar updates.

You will also never lose or leave your phone behind because Ditto is electronically tethered to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It will vibrate to alert you that you are forgetting your phone.

If that sounds like too much information coming in, Ditto also comes along with an app you can download onto your iPhone or Android device. It allows you to customize the program with the exact notifications you would like to receive.

Combo Systems

Some of the most common phone alerts combine two or three features to cover all their bases. One of the best combo alerts we carry is the AmpliCALL10. When your telephone rings, this telephone ringer indicator will ring very loudly and flash to let you know there is an incoming call.

If that’s not enough, A CLA2 shaker pad can be plugged into the AmpliCALL10. When the phone rings, the pad vibrates. This is an ideal solution for heavy sleepers who are expecting important telephone calls at night.

One of the most affordable options we carry is the Loud Ringer Light Box FC-5683-2. It rings at up to 95dB and has a bright LED alerting light. Once again, no batteries or AC adapter are required because the device is line powered.

Other Considerations

When choosing an alerting system for your phone, you first need to decide what type of sensory alert you need- louder sounds, bright lights, or vibration. Beyond that, you want to consider whether or not you want the device to be part of a larger alert system, or if you want it to be stand-alone.

Also, you’ll need to understand the difference between digital and analog phones and what type of system works with each one. Some products, like the Serene Central Alert Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter can actually be connected to your landline and your cell phone with the help of a smartphone cradle.

Whatever combinations you need or considerations you have, ILA has a product that will work for you. Check out our variety of telephone amplifiers and ringers here.

Alert Devices For Those With Hearing Impairments

Before the days of technology, many people with hearing impairments had to rely on family and friends for their safety and connectivity to the rest of the world. As technology has evolved, it has made life much easier for everyone, including those with hearing impairments.

According to, “Today there are assistive listening devices, hearing aids, FM systems, infrared systems, captioning and amplification devices that help people communicate with others, hear the sounds of everyday life and enjoy entertainment when they otherwise would have a difficult time due to hearing loss.” All of these devices use one or more types of signals such as light, sound, and vibration.

What Type of Alert Devices Are Available

There are many different types of alerting devices available, however some of the most frequently used are alarm clocks, doorbells, smoke detectors and indicators on phones. Parents can also use pagers to be notified if their infant is crying. Some of the alerting features on these devices include:

  • Alarm clocks can be set up with a flashing light, a loud horn or a gentle vibration to wake the sleeper.
  • A flashing light on the doorbell will notify people in the home when guests arrive.
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms will use vibration and flashing lights to notify those in the home who may not have their hearing aids in.
  • Flashing light indicators or adjustable ringers can be added to analog phones to let owners know someone is calling. Portable versions of the flashing indicators are available so they can be strategically placed throughout a home or apartment.
  • Pagers are a great alert device and can be worn on the clothing or kept in your pocket. They can be programmed to whatever type of notification you would like to receive. They can vibrate when your phone is ringing or when someone arrives at your home. They can also notify parents or caretakers of young children crying. Some of these devices can even analyze the cry and determine whether the baby is hungry, bored, or sleepy and will light up an appropriate image.
  • Weather alert radios can be used by themselves or with other alerting accessories like strobes or bed-shakers. These are great for people with hearing loss because many times they cannot hear the rumble of thunder or crack of lightning. In addition to that, this will also be great for those who don’t watch TV or listen to the radio. The weather alert radios will give their owners warning that they may not receive any other way.
  • Finally, with the advancement of technology, companies have begun to develop a discreet bracelet, which is worn on the wrist. It can notify you for up to six things such as a phone ringing or fire alarm going off. There are little gills on the inside of the bracelet that move, and lights on the outside that light up to catch your attention.

As Technology continues to advance, there is no doubt we will begin to see more and more alert systems developed for those with hearing loss and impairment. Independent Living Aids will be there every step of the way, to help you through your journey.


ILA has a variety of alerting systems to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, Owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.


How Using Bluetooth Can Help You In Everyday Life

Have you been hearing about Bluetooth for a while but you’re not really sure what it is or how it works? No need to fret, we want to explain not only what it is, but how it can be used to enhance your everyday life.

Before we begin, let’s answer the question, “What is Bluetooth?” Bluetooth is short range interconnection between mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices. It can be used to transfer documents, transmit music and track your daily progress from the simple touch of a button.

How Does Bluetooth Work

Initially, setting up Bluetooth can be a bit confusing if you aren’t used to it. You will want to make sure that the image shown below is listed on both of the devices that you would like to connect. If they are, you are good to go! All you will need to do is click on that button on each device. They should begin to search for devices nearby that have their Bluetooth turned on to connect to. On some devices they will ask if you would like to connect, on others they will connect automatically.  

Once you have connected the two devices, you will be able to begin sharing information between the two devices. A couple of great examples of this are the popular Apple iPhone and iWatch. They are connected via Bluetooth so that you are basically wearing your phone on your wrist. Another great example is a diabetic monitor with Bluetooth capabilities. You’re able to connect it to the app on your smartphone and track your current readings. This will help you to not only keep track of what your blood sugars have been, but it can also aid your doctor in finding an appropriate treatment plan for you.

How Can I Use Bluetooth in My Day to Day Life?

As I mentioned previously, you can use Bluetooth in almost every area of your life, when it comes to technology.

One of the ways you can use Bluetooth is to connect it as a hands-free device. You can connect your smartphone to your car (if your vehicle has this capability), which will allow you to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road as you speak to family and friends. Not only can you create a hands-free connection in your car, but you can also create a hands-free connection using something similar to this Beetle H-3ST H Speech Bluetooth headset as you run errands or walk around the house.

Another way you can use Bluetooth within your own home is to connect it between two devices with Bluetooth capabilities such as portable speakers to your cell phone, attach your mouse or keyboard to your computer, or you can even use it to control some of your more high-tech home security gadgets. Connecting these items via Bluetooth saves the mess of having cords everywhere, and gives you control, right from your smartphone.

Like most technologies, Bluetooth makes your life easier because it saves you the time and hassle of having to do things manually (i.e. tracking blood sugars and writing them down). As you begin to use Bluetooth and become comfortable with it, you will find that the possibilities of how you can use it will be endless.

This article was written by Sarah Bowman.

ILA has a variety of Bluetooth devices  to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


Tips and Tricks to Having Your Best Eye Health Now

Being a woman is a beautiful, yet challenging thing. In many cases, we are the primary caretaker for our families, and it is up to us to make most of the medical decisions. Because of this, we are focused on the needs of our spouse and kids and leave ourselves neglected. That is why The National Eye Institute is reminding women during the month of May to make their eye health a priority.  Here are a few tips and tricks to having your best eye health now.

Schedule Your Routine Eye Exam

While this seems simple enough, this easy step often gets overlooked. We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day of our busy lives that it is easy to forget to schedule your routine preventative exams.  Everyone needs to see the eye doctor on a regular basis- including children.

It will not only help you to see the best you possibly can, but it also helps to find diseases that often don’t have symptoms, like glaucoma.

A great way to make sure you are completing your routine exams is to pick a month out of the year that works best for you. Schedule as many of your routine exams as you can within that month. Do the same for your family. You could even make a day out of it.

Staying on top of your routine eye exam will ensure that if anything does come up you will be able to catch it sooner rather than later.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

One of the best ways to keep your eyes in tip-top shape is to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily. Things like drinking enough water, making sure you’re getting in 30 minutes of exercise a day and eating your leafy greens will keep your mind, body, and even your eyes, running at full capacity.  

Eating foods full of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins C and E can help to push off diseases like macular degeneration. For example, fill your plate with things like spinach and kale, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, citrus fruits, oysters or pork. Sticking to a well-balanced diet helps you to stay a healthier weight and will lower your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Wash Your Hands Frequently and Don’t Rub Your Eyes!

If you are not already in the habit of washing your hands frequently, you should really make an effort to do so. Our hands are exposed to dirt, dust, and bacteria all throughout our day. These can easily be transferred to your eyes each time you touch or rub them.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun and Elements

Wearing a good pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays that our gorgeous sun emits. Too much UV exposure can increase your chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, and corneal sunburn

When you are shopping for those cute new shades like these, make sure that they block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses will help to protect your eyes from the sides, and polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive.

Stop Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for our lungs, but did you know it’s also bad for our eyes? Smoking makes it more likely for you to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. Not only that, but the smoke itself can become an eye irritant. If you are currently a smoker, consider stopping. Reach out to your doctor if you need assistance.

Look Away From Screens

As our world has evolved, we now have screens for everything. While the advances in technology are great and have made life more enjoyable, they have also caused a lot of eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches for many people. So how can we protect our eyes from the negative side effects of constant screen usage?

  • Make sure that your glasses/contact prescription are up-to-date.
  • If your eye strain doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor about computer glasses.  
  • You can also adjust your screen so that your eyes are level with the top of your monitor. This will let you look slightly down at the screen.
  • Avoid glare on your screen from lights and windows. You can always purchase an anti-glare screen.
  • If you feel like your eyes are getting dry from staring at the screen, blink more.


ILA has a variety of sunglasses to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!

This article was written by Sarah Bowman


The Foundation Fighting Blindness

This weekend, the Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk comes to Buffalo, our hometown. We could not be more excited to have them here and to support such an amazing cause. In our blog this week, we would like to share a little bit more information about this incredible non-profit organization.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness began in 1971 under the leadership of Gordon and Llura Gund and Ben and Beverly Berman. Little was known at the time about what led to blindness. However, the goal was clear: they wanted to drive the research that would lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the degenerative retinal diseases.  

How Is The Funding Spent?

In an effort to achieve their goal, the Foundation has raised over 725 million dollars dedicated to finding treatments that will reverse blindness and restore vision. It has become the world’s leading private funder of retinal disease research.

Funding from the Foundation has been used to identify more than 250 genes linked to retinal disease and has launched 20 clinical trials that could lead to potential treatments and cures.

Not only that, the Foundation (in conjunction with the Foundations Clinical Research Institute) funds more than 100 grants annually. These research programs are conducted by research investigators at institutions, eye hospitals and universities from all over the world.

The types of grants that are funded for innovative and cutting-edge research in the following areas: genetics, gene and stem-cell therapies, retinal cell transplantation and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. They have found that their funding has become the “critical bridge between discovery research, proof of concept, and corporate investment in clinical trials and commercialization.”

The Foundation works with commercial entities (i.e., pharmaceutical companies) to develop new compounds (potential drug treatments) for retinal degenerative diseases. If the outcomes of the research are positive and supported, the Foundation’s Clinical Research Institute will work with those companies to make viable commercial products for patients.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness truly believes in fighting retinal diseases and giving back through their research and educational programs. On average, the Foundation invests approximately 75% of their budget in research and public health education programs.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk

The Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event that has raised over 45 million dollars since its inception. It began in 2006, as a way of raising additional funds for sight-saving research.

The Foundation is accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. It is a nation-wide walk that is open to anyone who would like to participate. You can sign up for the walk as an individual or gather a group of friends or co-workers and sign up as a team, here.

They have several walks already scheduled across the country, so check out their website and find the walk nearest to you. If you would like to donate to the Foundation Fighting Blindness but are unable to attend a VisionWalk, please click here. The link will take you directly to the Foundation Fighting Blindness donation page.

ILA has a variety of vision aides to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!


This article has been written by Sarah Bowman



3 Ways to Improve Your Eyesight

Today we spend most of our time looking at some form of screen. Whether it’s a computer, smartphone, tablet or TV, our eyes are straining daily. As our population continues to age, we will continue to see an increase in vision problems. We can work to combat this, however, by eating healthy, exercising our eyes and most importantly giving our eyes some much need rest.

Eat for Your Eyes

There is no doubt that we have all been told at one point or another to “eat your vegetables because they are good for you.” While we agree with this, you can take your healthy eating up a notch by eating an eye-healthy diet. You can do this by eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods that are full of Vitamins A, C, and E and minerals such as copper and Zinc. All of these are essential to eyesight. Foods such as dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all great options to consume daily. The more color on your plate, the better!

Your Eyes Need Exercise Too!

We all know that we need to exercise our bodies to maintain a healthy weight and keep our insides happy. But what about our eyes? They need exercise too! Nothing too strenuous of course, you can do them anywhere. They will help you to maintain optimal vision. These exercises should be completed first thing in the morning, before you go to bed, or anytime they feel fatigued. Like anything, if you would like to see success, you have to commit to doing them daily.

  • Exercise #1: Warm your eyes up; Rub your palms together to create heat, place them against your eyes for five seconds, repeat three times.
  • Exercise #2: Roll your eyes. Start by looking up and then slowly circle 10 times clockwise and then 10 times counterclockwise.
  • Exercise #3: Focus. Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it and slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about 6 inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, repeat 10 times.
  • Exercise #4: Massage your temples. Using your thumb knuckles, massage your temples in small circles: 20 times in one direction, 20 times in the other. Repeat the same motions above the midpoint of the eyebrows at the forehead, and below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of your nose.
  • Exercise #5: Take a mini-nap. Lay your head back, close your eyes and relax for 3 minutes.

Committing to doing these exercises daily will help you to strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help improve your vision. You will need to give this some time, but you according to Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.A.C., D.O.M, PhD you should begin seeing results after just one month.

Give Your Eyes some R&R

What can you do to give your eyes some much-needed rest? Take breaks from your screen! For example, every 50 minutes you spend looking at your screen, you should be spending the other 10 looking away, focusing on something else. Also, make sure that you are getting your full 8 hours of sleep at night. A good night’s rest is essential to optimal eye health. It gives your eyes the time to rest, repair and recover leaving you ready for the next day.  

These are just a few of the ways that you can work to improve your eyesight. Remember that change doesn’t necessarily happen overnight, but if you work at it day after day, you will hopefully begin to see some results.


ILA has a variety of eye magnifiers to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!