A Message from Tim Gels

Dear Low Vision Division Members,

As we transition into new Low Vision Division leadership, I wanted to say what an honor it was to serve all the members during my tenure as chair. Although we are the smallest division of The Vision Council and have had a limited budget, we've made good progress on several fronts.

I believe we have been successful in fulfilling our Division's core purpose, which is, "to further the visibility and acceptance of technology in the process of low vision rehabilitation," over the last three years as evidenced by a number of accomplishments. For example, our whatislowvision.org consumer-facing website, which was created by The Vision Council's Marketing and Communication team with the help of the Low Vision Division's Marketing Committee, continues to gain interest and gives us a place to direct visually impaired consumers and their caregivers who are looking for resources and assistance.

Furthermore, The Vision Council's Vision Expo Show team along with the Low Vision Division's Education Committee, was successful in keeping low vision education as an integral part of both Vision Expo East and West with new continuing education courses, resulting in attendance of over 200 people per year between both shows.

The Vision Council's Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee did an excellent job, along with Dr. Henry Greene from the Low Vision Division, of informing members of several issues affecting our industry including California Prop 65 compliance, China duties and legislative bills relating to low vision.

This work could not have been accomplished without the many Low Vision Division member volunteers that have devoted their time and I am grateful for all of them and for their dedication to our industry association. Special thanks go to the Low Vision Division Steering Committee Members Richard Tapping, Yves Boisjoli and Ken Bradley.

I would also like to thank all of the active members in the Low Vision Division Committees and special thanks to the Committee chairs:

  • Jody Klager, chair of the Low Vision Division Education Committee
  • Henry Greene, OD, chair of the Low Vision Division Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Richard Tapping, chair of the Low Vision Division Marketing Committee

I also want to thank Greg Chavez, The Vision Council liaison, who has many other responsibilities as the executive vice president of operations & membership for The Vision Council, yet still manages to support our Division. Much goes on behind the scenes to get things done and I am in debt to Greg who has helped represent the Low Vision Division's interests.

There is still work that needs to be done on several projects we have undertaken and new initiatives we must consider, but I am confident that we are in good hands with our new Low Vision Division Chair, Richard Tapping, and I am optimistic about our Division's future!

Timothy Gels
Chair Emeritus
Low Vision Division

Low Vision Division