Organization has been serving the Westchester community for more than 50 years

Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International, Mae Carpenter, Commissioner Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services, clients, low vision specialists, elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the official opening of Lighthouse International's White Plains Office

Lighthouse International, which has been serving thousands of people in Westchester, NY for more than 50 years, will celebrate the opening of its new office at 95 Church Street in White Plains on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International, Mae Carpenter, Commissioner Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services, elected officials, community leaders and others will participate in a ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m.

“Lighthouse International has been pleased to be an integral part of the community for decades," said Mark G. Ackermann. "Westchester has over 200,000 residents over 65, many of whom experience or are at-risk for age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. We are pleased to provide low vision services to meet a growing need.”

Lighthouse comprehensive services in Westchester include:

  • Low vision examination services by appointment. Specialized eye exams by a low vision doctor evaluate a person’s remaining vision and visual functioning to make the best use of existing vision – often with the prescription of optical devices and instructions on how to use them effectively.
  • Vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and vision rehabilitation therapy. These services enable people to travel effectively, navigate their home and neighborhood, cook, manage bills, etc. The services are provided in homes and in the community.
  • Social services, counseling and emotional support to people with vision loss.
  • Early intervention services for children (birth to 5-years-old). These services are provided in homes and in community based programs.
  • Adaptive technology for individual and group computer and technology training.
  • The Lighthouse Store offers a full range of vision friendly products and assistive technologies.

One of the clients who has received services at the Lighthouse in Westchester is Ann M. Chiappetta, M.S, Family Therapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in White Plains. She received a full range of services, including computer training, which has greatly enhanced her ability to study and work effectively. "It opened up a whole new world for me and gave me the confidence to be productive and independent," said Ann.

To make an appointment at the Lighthouse office in Westchester, or for more information, fill out our contact form or call 212-821-9624 or 800-829-0500. Lighthouse International in Westchester accepts most major forms of insurance, including Medicare.

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500.



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