Independence is the Goal

Joelle Basset, 21

Greater independence to those with vision loss is the goal of the team at the Frank Stein and Paul S. May Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation within The Eye Institute. Living in the “gray zone” between normal sight and blindness, there are many individuals whose sight cannot be fully restored. The most important thing that Low Vision Center patients learn is to not be limited by their disability.


“We are blessed to be with a specialist who encourages her to not give in to her disability. He teaches us both that Joelle is the best judge of what she can do.”

-Launi Gates, Joelle Basset’s mother


“I don’t let anything stop me. With this disease, you don’t have to stop doing what you do. You still have some eyesight, so you may as well keep doing things.”

– Gary Saballos