- Consider the source. Is the web site sponsored by a major university or leading research facility?
- Is there legitimate research to back up the claims? Was the research performed by a major university or leading research facility?
- Is there a health risk with the treatment? An invasive treatment such as surgery has a much greater health risk than a non-invasive treatment such as a vitamin supplement.
- Is there a financial risk? Will it be a financial hardship for you if the treatment/cure doesn’t work?
- “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS too good to be true!”
The internet is a wonderful tool but it can be overwhelming! We have listed some of our favorite sites for more information.
The following sites are great sources for information concerning specific eye diseases, low vision and vision research:
The following sites are excellent sites to learn about specific eye disease and vision research:
The following sites are specific for macular degeneration:
Eye Care Associations:
- offers live audio description, at various venues, to persons with visual impairments.
- a chapter of American Council of the Blind, promotes the independence, dignity, and advancement of blind and/or visually impaired individuals.
- provides a seamless quality workforce development system that meets the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers for the Alamo area.
- CentroMed is a network of clinics providing medical, dental, behavioral health (counseling), and nutritional services.
- Locally based company that provides CCTVs, computer magnification and other high-tech solutions to increase the independence of those with impaired vision.
- assists blind or visually impaired Texans of all ages to live and work confidently in a sighted society.
- Provides comprehensive low vision rehab services to veterans.
- coordinates Lions Clubs International programs addressing the prevention of blindness and the detection and treatment of eye diseases.
- provides guide dogs for Texans, who are visually impaired, to improve their mobility and independence.
- utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and rehabilitate individuals with vision impairment as a result of eye disease, trauma, stroke and brain injury as well as congenital disease.
- promotes acceptance and adaptation skills for the visually impaired and blind by providing information, social interaction, encouragement, and improving self-reliance and self esteem. Major projects include Low Vision Club and Owl Radio Reading Service.
- with over 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
- seeks to enrich the lives of adults over the age of 50 with education including: Arts/Humanities, Technology, Health/Fitness and Consumer Interest and meaningful volunteer opportunities.
- serves the educational community by providing an array of programs and services including support for programs serving students with visual impairments.
- offers internal and external employment opportunities, teaches independent living skills training to ensure independent, high quality lives for the blind and severely visually impaired.
- in an effort to offer equitable access to library resource the San Antonio Public Library has both CCTV's and special needs computers in all of it's facilities and offer materials in a wide variety of formats.
- provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation for the partially-sighted.
- is a service company that provides personal in home visits to seniors for those special moments when family members can't be there, as well as corporate thank you visits to senior clients.
- all-inclusive rehabilitation facility providing Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, Brain Injury Program—Inpatient, Community Integrative—Outpatient Brain Injury Program
- Visually Impaired Being Encouraged (VIBE) is a support group for visually impaired persons that enjoy being active. For more information; call or e-mail Kim Van Hooser 210-262-3079.
- is a local supplier of text-enhancing CCTV magnifiers which allow people living with low vision to maximize their remaining eyesight.
- offers comprehensive PT, OT and ST programs as well as assistive technology and augmentative communication evaluation and treatments. Is a demonstration site for Texas Technology Access Project which includes vision software.
Transportation is a serious issue for individuals with vision impairment.
The following list offers transportation options in San Antonio:
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO - ELDERLY & DISABLED SERVICE Supportive Services for the Elderly Project
700 S Zarzamora, Suite 205, San Antonio, TX 78203
Eligibility: 60 years and older
Hours: 7:45 - 4:30 weekdays
Area Serviced: Bexar County
Services: Provides transportation for medical trips, grocery, and other business related needs. Preference is given to those needing medical attention. Reservations should be made at least 10 days in advance.
GREATER RANDOLPH AREA SERVICE PROGRAM, lNC. (GRASP)
250 Donalan, Converse, TX 78109
Eligibility: 55 years or older
Cost: Charge is according to mileage.
Hours: 9:00 - 3:00 weekdays
Area Serviced: A small area of East Bexar County, Cibolo, Schertz, Marion, Universal City, Live Oak and Converse.
Services: Provides transportation to medical appointments and to the senior center for area residents.
GREATER SAN ANTONIO TRANSPORTATION
Yellow Checker Cab
11146 EH 35N
JEFFERSON AREA COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR OLDER PEOPLE
201 Meredith, San Antonio, TX 78228
Hours: 8:30 - 3:30 weekdays
Area Serviced: Jefferson area
Services: Provides basic need to frail elderly residing in the Jefferson area. Services include transportation, mobile meals, lunch, handyman, telephone reassurance, and HEB Co-op grocery delivery.
MADONNA NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
1906 Castroville Rd., San Antonio, TX 78237
Services: Provides limited transportation to residents of
78237 zip code. Priority given to community center participants.
Eligibility: 55 years and older. Under 55 years extra charge.
Hours: 8 to 4:30 weekdays. Last pickup at 3 pm.
COST: $10 round trip per person over 55 years old. Under 55 years old cost is $20. Providers also charged.
Area Serviced: Within 1604
Services: Provides transportation for appointments to any of the 3 NIX facilities only. We use Yellow Cab and Town Car and are w/c accessible.
NORTH EAST S. A. COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR OLDER PEOPLE (NESA)
2903 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78217
Area Serviced: Northeast area of San Antonio
Services: Volunteers provide transportation in private autos for medical appointments. Four days prior notice is required. Grocery delivery services and minor home repairs to help clients live independently in their own homes. Must live in zip codes: 78212, 09, 17, 34, and parts of 16, 18, 33, 39 and 47.
PRESA COMMUNITY CENTER
3721 S Presa7 San Antonio, TX 78210
SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR OLDER PEOPLE (SCOOP)
1602 GoIiad Road, San Antonio, TX 78223
Area Serviced: Southeast E3exar County
Services: Provides transportation assistance to senior citizens: and physically and/or mentally disabled individuals.
SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Hours: 8:00 - 5:00 weekdays
Area Serviced: Bexar County
Services: Provides transportation for doctor appointments at Southwest General Hospital services only.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
People currently eligible for Medicaid benefits are eligible to receive transportation if they have a current Medical Care Identification Card, Form 3087, or a Medicaid Verification Letter, Form 1027, and if they have no other means of transportation. Also, transportation for Medicaid medical appointments to Medicaid eligible. Provides van service/taxi (door-to-door), or free bus tickets for people able to ride city bus.
For applications: 210-362-2000
For reservations: 210-362-5050
For information: 210-362-2020
800 W, Myrtle, San Antonio, TX 78212
Area Serviced: Bexar County
Services: Provides transportation for mobility-impaired persons who are unable to use regular VIA bus service. Must obtain and complete application. Detailed medical information provided by a physician is required.
WARM SPRINGS REHABILITATION
5101 Medical Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229
Hours: 8:30 to 3:30 (last passenger off by 3:30)
COST: Cash or check $5 one way or $10 round trip. No additional cost for caregiver. Charge for others riding with patient.
Services: Resource Center Community Transportation for the Elderly or Disabled of all ages. All appointments must be between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. We currently operate only inside of Loop 1604 on the north and west side of SA, inside of SW/SE Loop 410 on the south, Kirby Area, and inside of IH 35 on the east.