A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired

SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421

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Newsletter written and produced by President Regina Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.

Regina may be reached at 812-675-0065

Cell 317-435-8216

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January 2022


Our next meeting will be Monday, January 3, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M.


Doug Eads Jan. 1


Our members and friends ended 2021 with a wonderful Christmas party on Dec. 11. We began the day with a short business meeting where we chose officers for the next two-year term. Regina Vonderhaar remained president, Sue Fleener remained vice president, and Cindy Brooking remained treasurer. Rich Vonderhaar replaced Kari Goodman as secretary. Board members are still Cliff Goodman, Denise Mullis and Brenda Eads. We also made a motion to donate $250 to the Hofstetter fund of ACBI which provides opportunity grants, Rita Kersh made motion and Brenda Eads seconded.

Then the party began. We had a lively group of 22 people, lots of great food and gifts. We all had fun laughing and talking. After the meal, we played the left-right game and sang songs. It was definitely a happy, healthy group of friends.



A new prescription eye drop that could allow many to put down their readers is now on the market.

Viti, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, was developed to treat presbyopia, or age-related blurry near vision, according to a release from biopharmaceutical company AbbVie.

According to the release, presbyopia affects most adults after age 40 — nearly 128 million Americans — making seeing or reading up close more challenging.

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The drops are meant to be used daily and start to work in about 15 minutes. The effects last up to six hours.

The drops use the eye's ability to reduce pupil size, which improves near vision without affecting distance vision.

"Most adults cope with presbyopia, or difficulty with near vision, as we age. Beginning around the age of 40, many find themselves using reading glasses, holding text further away, or even increasing the font size and lighting on screens to try to see more clearly," said Dr. Michael Severino, AbbVie vice chairman and president.

According to an October release from AbbVie, the clinical trial involved 750 people between the ages of 40 and 55. A "statistically significant proportion" of those treated with the drops gained the ability to read three additional lines on a reading charge.

The most common side effects, according to the release, are headache and eye redness.


The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present at the meeting were Kari and Cliff Goodman, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Cindy Brooking, Denise Mullis, Doug and Brenda Eads, Rita Kersh, Jim Veen, and Mike and Dolly Sowder.


Jenny Lyman from Vanda Pharmaceuticals spoke to the group about Non 24 sleep disorder and answered questions from the group.

October Minutes

Brenda made a motion to approve the minutes from the October meeting. Rich seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.

Cindy gave a brief treasurer's report. Balance for October was $3505.95. We had a $50 refund from the park and $30 in the sunshine bag. Interest was 17 cents and the total for the chili supper so far is $1298. Expenses are $134 for the PO box and $34.94 for drinks for the chili supper. That makes the ending balance $4716.13. Rita made a motion to accept the treasurer's report. Cliff seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.

The group discussed plans for the Christmas party which will be held on December 11 at noon in the Basement of the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Meat and drinks will be provided. Side and desserts are welcome!

Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Cindy seconded the motion. The motion passed.

We adjourned the meeting at 10:38 am.

Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman