Voice of the Blue Ridge
3435 Melrose Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24017
Enriching the lives of those with vision impairments
|Resources for the blind and low vision|
Recording Library Radio Reading Service Dial in News Services Large Print calendars Technology Classes
November is National Diabetes Month.
While it’s always important to have regular eye exams, it is especially critical for those with diabetes to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. A dilated eye exam is when an eye care professional puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils in order to examine the back of the eyes for signs of disease. Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease, which can lead to vision loss or blindness. These include:
All people with diabetes, type 1 and 2, are at risk. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk of diabetic eye disease. African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from diabetes. Diabetic eye disease often has no warning signs, but it can be detected and treated early, before noticeable vision loss occurs.
Source: National Eye Institute
Have you had your annual eye exam??
Many thanks to all who made
An Evening to Benefit
Voice of the Blue Ridge
a huge success!!
We appreciate everyone who attended, purchased an auction item or made a donation. We especially want to thank our sponsors:
Drs. Newman, Blackstock & Associates
Dominion Air & Machinery Co.
First Citizens Bank
Our Lady of the Valley
Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club
Blue Eagle Credit Union
Corridor Mortgage Group, Inc.
Dr. Steve Jacobs, Optometrist
Professional Rehabilitative Options
Southern Print and Copy
Mark your calendar for next year's event!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Hope to see you there!
2014 First Fridays at Five
2014 Schedule of Remaining Events for First Fridays
August 1 • Fuzzy Logic
August 15 • McKenzie’s Mill
Sept 5 • Superhold
Sept 19 • The WORX
October 3 • Leggz
Events at Voice of the Blue Ridge
April 24, 2014 - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held
A volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted by Voice of the Blue Ridge in honor of the many volunteers who make our services possible. Volunteers with our Dial In News Service, Radio Reading Service and the Miss Virginia Pagent were our guests for a special evening of recognition, dinner and entertainment. Below are some pictures of this event. A big "thank you" to all of our volunteers. We truly could not provide our services without you!
Executive Director Jan Smyth Some of our honored guests Gift bags given to volunteers A listener and her friend attend the dinner
and President of the Board Lila
Dickerson address the crowd.
More wonderful volunteers The singing group Revelation Jan and Sherrie greet guests Guests enjoying the entertainment
Book Club October reading is Sycamore Row by John Grisham. The November reading will be Calico Joe, another John Grisham book. The book club meets the first Wednesday of every month in the technology center at Voice of the Blue Ridge from 10 AM - 11:30 AM. Please contact Irene Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.