New View Oklahoma helps the visually impaired

New View Oklahoma is a nonprofit that provides specialized vision rehabilitation services to individuals with significant vision loss.



Lauren Branch is the president and CEO of New View Oklahoma, which has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

The McFarlands share their story

Frances McFarland remembers the ice storm of 2007 like it was yesterday, but not for the reasons one might think. She was watching a University of Oklahoma football game when the TV appeared to lose color. She soon realized it wasn’t the TV that malfunctioned, but her eyesight — and so began her life with low vision and macular degeneration. 

Her husband, Glyn, also was diagnosed with macular degeneration several years later. At 85 and 91 years old, the simplest of tasks had become real challenges for the couple until their retina specialist, Dr. Ray M. Balyeat, referred them to New View Oklahoma for assistance this past November.

About New View Oklahoma

New View Oklahoma is a nonprofit that provides specialized vision rehabilitation services to individuals with significant vision loss. It also is the largest employer for blind and vision-impaired Oklahomans, supplying nearly 150 jobs through in-house manufacturing and service contracts with local businesses and organizations. With the unemployment rate of visually impaired and blind individuals at over 70 percent, New View’s services are critical to the visually impaired community.

In Oklahoma, over half a million people are identified with conditions that will lead to significant vision loss, says New View President and CEO Lauren Branch. In the Tulsa-metro area alone, over 20,000 people are considered legally blind, which is why Branch is currently working to expand employment opportunities in Tulsa. This past October, the Tulsa World call center hired three visually impaired employees and plans to add more in the near future.

New View Oklahoma has been around since 1949, but its Tulsa clinic and retail store have only served the Tulsa area for three and a half years. However, New View is already changing lives.

“We do diagnostics; we don’t cure anything,” Branch says. “We worry about their functional vision. We need to understand what’s going on in their environment. We do safety assessments, lighting assessments, mobility assessments and help them safely move in their community.” Also, optometrists specializing in low vision provide functional low-vision assessments and recommendations for optical devices.

The McFarldands get the help they need

In keeping with its mission to empower individuals who are blind and vision-impaired to achieve their maximum level of independence, New View has revolutionized daily life for the McFarlands.

After an initial visit to the Tulsa clinic to assess their needs, their assigned therapist, Terry Rairdon, visited their home multiple times to help address their difficulties with reading, technology, kitchen tasks and contrast deficits. With each visit, he focused on a different area of need.

Rairdon found optimum lighting wattage and introduced them to everyday gadgets that are affordable and readily available on Amazon.com to make their lives easier.

“We didn’t know what to expect when the doctor referred us, but now I just can’t sing their praises enough,” Frances says of New View. “I thought to myself, I know what this is going to be; they are trying to sell us something. We were almost negative about it, but they weren’t selling anything. Now I feel so lucky to have these services.”

With technology assistance, the pair can watch church worship services on their iPad, bank online, use their phones as magnifiers to read menus and instructions and have emails and texts read aloud to them from their devices. A simple yellow fit-over for their glasses has helped increase color contrast, which opened up a world of color and clarity the two had been lacking for years now. “I’m astounded at the difference the yellow sunglasses make. Everything is so much clearer,” Frances says.

Frances even credits New View with keeping the couple independent in their home. “I know we will be able to stay in our home longer because of the ways they’ve helped us to be able to cook and do everything in our house,” Frances says. “I just feel so lucky.”

Who does New View assist?

New View assists individuals of any age, from infants to the elderly, but patients must be referred by their doctor. Currently, over 500 doctors in Oklahoma refer patients to the nonprofit. With an active client list of almost 5,000, New View receives 80 to 100 referrals per month.

Branch says the best thing people can do to assist those with low vision is to help them understand that resources such as New View are available. “I think more than anything people want to be independent and not dependent,” Branch says. “Instead of viewing it as, ‘There’s nothing we can do,’ we can help them reach out and get assistance to provide hope and independence.”

 

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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Join us to celebrate 15 years of the Oklahoma Aquarium and the opening of our newest exhibit, the Polynesian Reef on September 22, 2018!  The new exhibit will showcase over 70 species of South...

Cost: 15.95

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 S Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1577
Contact Name: Laura Long
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Teachers and administrators can ring in the school year with a sweet deal.   Every Sunday thru Thursday in September, a school ID will get teachers and administrators a half-priced Four...

Cost: 1/2 priced Four-Course Classic

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-299-8000
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The Oklahoma Aquarium will celebrate the grand opening of the newest exhibit, The Polynesian Reef, with Luau open to the public. The Polynesian Reef Exhibit will be the second largest exhibit at...

Cost: free

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr
Jenks, OK  74037
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Batman is coming to Broken Arrow! September 22 is the 4th annual Batman Day. Come in costume and meet some of your favorite characters. There will be a great charity auction full of wonderful items...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arr
1400 W Washington
Broken Arrow, OK  74011
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-258-7545
Contact Name: Wendi Bowman
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Fall Arts Guide: September-December 2018

Bright lights. Big city. Tulsa has a plethora of performances this season. Mark your calendars for some new entertainment and returning favorites.

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Episode 3: Chef Kirk Swaby from Gathering Place

In anticipation of the Sept. 8 opening of the historic park, Anna interviews Kirk Swaby about his work as the Gathering Place's Culinary Executive Chef.

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Wizard World and the strange power of celebrity

Kato Kaelin, who has his own complicated relationship with fame, comes to Tulsa to serve as the emcee for a pop culture convention.

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Video: Aerial tour of Gathering Place

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Q&A with Don Tomkalski

Longtime sports information director at the University of Tulsa

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