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Cheshire Lions Club Donates Reading Machine to Local Senior Center

December 1, 2013 by Special To The ...

As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration, an irreversible blindness. This startling number is expected to double by 2050. An estimated 2000 people in Cheshire alone are now suffering from low vision conditions with many still undiagnosed. To support this growing community, the Cheshire Lions Club has generously donated an Optelec Clearview Reading Machine to the Cheshire Senior Center. The staff of Vision Dynamics will be on hand at the Senior Center to demonstrate this CCTV system on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:00 am.

The Optelec Clearview is a tool that transforms the lives of those with low-vision by increasing independence and restoring both the joy and ability to read again. It is a user-friendly magnification system with a 22” display screen that allows users to read and write with ease. Users can view text and photos with size and contrast options that best compliment their vision condition.

Charlie Collins, a Cheshire resident who has been legally blind since childhood and is the founder of Vision Dynamics on West Main Street has dedicated the last 17 years to bringing hope, encouragement and to empowerment people with low vision. “As someone who has been legally blind since childhood and a user of the Optelec Clearview, I can say with great confidence that this machine will be an invaluable resource to the Senior Center and the Town of Cheshire,” said Collins. “The generosity demonstrated by the Lions Club through this donation has reinforced their amazing commitment and dedication to serving the visually impaired community.”

We invite you to join the Vision Dynamics staff for the hands-on demonstration at the Cheshire Senior Center, located on 240 Maple Avenue. For more information on Vision Dynamics and available adaptive equipment for the visually impaired, please call 203-271-1944 , visit the store at 470 West Main Street or log on to

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