Low Vision Awareness

February was Low Vision awareness month- so let’s talk about ways to preserve your eyesight. Vision loss can greatly alter a person’s quality of life and their daily activities like cooking, reading, and self-care. Because of this, it is important to meet with your optometrist or ophthalmologist yearly to assess your risk for vision loss. Some are born with congenital eye diseases while others acquire low vision. Around 10 million people in the United states are visually impaired making it one of the top 10 disabilities.

Diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetes, and glaucoma are the most common causes of vision loss. Often there are signs that your doctor will find during your exam that will predict problems for the future. The damage from most of these diseases is irreversible, so proper follow up with your doctor is necessary.

Someone who has low vision cannot put on a pair of glasses or contact lenses and instantly see better. However, certain glasses prescriptions, magnifiers, telescopes, etc can help to utilize what vision remains and make everyday tasks easier. If you or anyone you know is struggling with daily activities due to vision loss, you should schedule a visit with a low vision specialist or a doctor who can get you the appropriate referral. 

Low Vision Symptoms

Those with low vision may have have difficult performing everyday activities such as reading, watching television, recognizing faces, cooking, seeing switches and dials or other mechanical controls, shopping and driving a car.  Children with low vision can have difficulty at school with learning to read and seeing lessons presented in their classrooms.

Helpful Links For More Information on Low Vision:

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-cause

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-diagnosis-treatment

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-assistive-devices

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-resources