Visually Impaired Services

Helping the visually impaired and blind maintain the highest possible quality of life.

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology offers a comprehensive range of support services for the visually impaired and blind, including:

Support groups

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The DIO offers the largest support group program for visually impaired and blind people in the United States. The following support groups are offered in various locations throughout Southeast Michigan:

  • Senior support groups: For adults age 60 and older. Meetings are held at the DIO, in St. Clair Shores and in Livonia at the Henry Ford Center for Vision Rehabilitation & Research.
  • Visionaries support group: For adults ages 20-59, meeting once a month at the DIO.

The groups offer hope, joy, compassion, understanding and interaction with others who are similarly challenged. Both groups feature a variety of general and small group meetings, guest speakers, day trips and seasonal events, and assistance with transportation to meetings and events, when possible.

Low-vision aids and education

The DIO provides a variety of additional resources, including:

  • Martha F. Gorey Resource Center: One of the largest collections of low-vision aids in Southeast Michigan.
  • AT&T Computer Training Lab: A classroom for computer training of the visually impaired provided initially by a grant from the AT&T Foundation.
  • Professional Education: The DIO is closely affiliated with the ophthalmology residency program at the HFHS, the ophthalmic technology training program at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, and provides hands-on workshops for emergency room physicians through Michigan State University.

Henry Ford Center for Vision Rehabilitation & Research

In addition, through the Henry Ford Center for Vision Rehabilitation & Research, visually impaired people with diminished eyesight that cannot be improved by corrective lenses, medical treatment or surgery have another option. The Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation to help people with macular degeneration and other low-vision conditions make the most of their available eyesight.