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The Vision Matters Team

A Northwest company, we are headquartered in the Seattle area, but also have representatives in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. We provide the latest technology designed to help people living with low vision, blindness or other conditions.

Our Mission

The mission of Vision Matters is to provide quality service with a gentle touch so that our clients can make clear and informed decisions about the tools that will make a life-changing impact concerning their vision. We make this easy by visiting clients in their home where they are most comfortable, and can work with devices in the setting in which they will actually be used.

We Come to You

Vision Matters helps people living with low vision by demonstrating a wide variety of video magnifier options. They are primarily shown during a no-obligation, in-home visit. Many clients are referred by their doctor, as we have worked closely with eye clinics all across the Northwest for over 20 years.

Give us a call to see how our products can dramatically improve the functionality and quality of your life.

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Our Team

Dennis loves meeting and helping the broad array of people he comes in contact with in this line of work and working with the incredible team at Vision Matters. He enjoys making in-home visits and with his gentle approach, showing people how easy-to-use, modern devices can help those living with a vision impairment. His heart is to serve others and this work is a great way to meet that need. After work you would find him fishing or in his vegetable garden – or on a hot summer day, in the hammock with his lovely wife. A Buckeye from Ohio but long, long ago transplanted to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Foster

Dennis loves meeting and helping the broad array of people he comes in contact with in this line of work and working with the incredible team at Vision Matters. He enjoys making in-home visits and with his gentle approach, showing people how easy-to-use, modern devices can help those living with a vision impairment. His heart is to serve others and this work is a great way to meet that need. After work you would find him fishing or in his vegetable garden – or on a hot summer day, in the hammock with his lovely wife. A Buckeye from Ohio but long, long ago transplanted to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
As a former journalist and editor, Robert enjoys meeting clients, asking them about their stories, learning about their goals, and helping equip them to push back the boundaries of low vision, so it doesn’t win or define who they are and what they can do. Retiring from a fast-paced 30+ year career, he soon found retirement wasn’t his cup of tea. Wanting to try something entirely new, Vision Matters offered the perfect opportunity -- out of the office, traveling the Inland Northwest, meeting, equipping and serving people of all ages. Robert is a husband of 38 years, and an empty-nester father of three (“all graduated, working, living on their own, and paying taxes, woohoo”). When not working, he enjoys Bible study, bicycling, reading, serving at church, and occasionally fishing (“the fish have n-o-t-h-i-n-g to worry about”). He describes himself as a Pacific Northwest lifer, having lived and worked primarily in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, which he now gets to explore, traveling the back roads.

Robert Frank

As a former journalist and editor, Robert enjoys meeting clients, asking them about their stories, learning about their goals, and helping equip them to push back the boundaries of low vision, so it doesn’t win or define who they are and what they can do. Retiring from a fast-paced 30+ year career, he soon found retirement wasn’t his cup of tea. Wanting to try something entirely new, Vision Matters offered the perfect opportunity — out of the office, traveling the Inland Northwest, meeting, equipping and serving people of all ages. Robert is a husband of 38 years, and an empty-nester father of three (“all graduated, working, living on their own, and paying taxes, woohoo”). When not working, he enjoys Bible study, bicycling, reading, serving at church, and occasionally fishing (“the fish have n-o-t-h-i-n-g to worry about”). He describes himself as a Pacific Northwest lifer, having lived and worked primarily in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, which he now gets to explore, traveling the back roads.
Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho
Nick is a fun-loving and adventurous husband of one and father of four. A native of Colorado, Nick loves the outdoors and has found a home-away-from-home in the incredibly beautiful Pacific Northwest. He loves working with people in the low-vision community to determine what would best help them to achieve their vision-related goals and celebrates with them when they can recover some independence in the form of day-to-day tasks, beloved hobbies, or interacting with loved ones.

Nick May

Nick is a fun-loving and adventurous husband of one and father of four. A native of Colorado, Nick loves the outdoors and has found a home-away-from-home in the incredibly beautiful Pacific Northwest. He loves working with people in the low-vision community to determine what would best help them to achieve their vision-related goals and celebrates with them when they can recover some independence in the form of day-to-day tasks, beloved hobbies, or interacting with loved ones.
Western Washington & Montana
Originally from Spokane WA, Sheila has lived most of her life in the Tri Cities area. Born with a hereditary condition causing legal blindness, she was educated in Pasco schools and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Washington State University Tri Cities. Sheila has worked as an Independent Living Skills teacher for the blind and visually impaired for over 20 years teaching life skills and self-advocacy to people with vision loss in their own personal living environments. Sheila has grown up using the very products that Vision Matters offers. She joined the team to help others like her find the right tools to enhance their independence and help them continue to live the lives they deserve. Sheila is a mother of three children, two of whom have vision loss, and she enjoys providing an example to those she serves that vision loss does not have to mean the end of the story, but a new chapter.

Sheila Turner

Originally from Spokane WA, Sheila has lived most of her life in the Tri Cities area. Born with a hereditary condition causing legal blindness, she was educated in Pasco schools and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Washington State University Tri Cities. Sheila has worked as an Independent Living Skills teacher for the blind and visually impaired for over 20 years teaching life skills and self-advocacy to people with vision loss in their own personal living environments. Sheila has grown up using the very products that Vision Matters offers. She joined the team to help others like her find the right tools to enhance their independence and help them continue to live the lives they deserve.

Sheila is a mother of three children, two of whom have vision loss, and she enjoys providing an example to those she serves that vision loss does not have to mean the end of the story, but a new chapter.

More Resources

Washington Resources
  • EMP Living LLC – Adaptive lift chairs for people with physical disabilities.
  • Washington State Department of Services for the Blind – A premier resource for those with blindness or low vision, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind can help to retrain and find employment for adult people with impaired vision.
  • Washington Sensory Disablilities Services: Blind/Visually Impaired – The instructional resource center from the Washington Sensory Disabilities Services department offers lists of online and physical resources for the blind and visually impaired.  They also sponsor an email listserv for visually impaired people and their families to network with each other for support and to share information.
  • VA Puget Sound Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services – The VA facilities at Seattle and American Lake (Tacoma) provide Low Vision Optometry appointments, case management, assessments and training for Veterans with vision loss. American Lake also offers a residential Blind Rehabilitation Center for comprehensive training, lasting on average 4-5 weeks. Offerings include Orientation & Mobility, Visual Skills, Access Technology, Daily Living Skills, Manual Skills, and Recreation Therapy. A Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Coordinator is the first point of contact for Veterans with vision loss. Reach out to the VIST at either location if you would like information.

    Seattle: 206-764-2758
    American Lake: 253-583-1287

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