March 22, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 12

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Low Vision Expo set for March 23

Thousands of South Texans can't see well enough to read a book, newspaper or magazine. But they can get help at the Low Vision Expo.

More than 46 vendors, along with representatives from the Health Science Center, the San Antonio Low Vision Club, San Antonio Lighthouse, the Texas Commission for the Blind, Prevent Blindness and the U.S. Military will display the latest technology and assistance for people with low vision.

The Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Allied Health/Research and McDermott buildings. It is free and open to the public.

People with low vision can test out new technology, magnifying devices and closed circuit TV systems, including pen-size text scanners with speech synthesizers and systems that attach to a computer, fax or other devices.

A number of agencies also will provide information about guide dogs, eyeglass recycling, low cost eyewear, large print books and assistance programs.

"The amount of time spent at this year's Expo will pay back tenfold throughout the year and probably save people a lot of money on free services they might otherwise pay for," said Bob Hobson, South Texas coordinator in the department of ophthalmology. "Most importantly, people will learn how to maintain their independence."


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