February is Low Vision Awareness Month

What does the term “Low Vision” mean?  The term “low vision” is often used to describe the vision of a person with an eye disease or condition in which visual acuity is 20/70 or greater in the better-seeing eye and cannot be corrected or improved with regular eyeglasses. 

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

5 Common Causes of Low Vision

Low vision can result from an eye disease or injury which is permanent and involves a significant loss of vision.

  1. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  2. Glaucoma
  3. Cataracts
  4. Diabetic Retinopathy
  5. Retinitis Pigmentosa

5 Common Low Vision Aids

Low vision cannot be corrected with standard reading glasses and requires a person to perform everyday functional tasks with the help of adaptive aids.  This includes reading, writing, balancing a checkbook, cooking, grooming, etc. 

  1. Desktop video magnifier – Used for reading, writing, caring for your finances, and hobbies.
  2. Portable video magnifier – Commonly used for shopping, cooking, and reading.
  3. Adjustable lighting – Helps to prevent falls and avoid obstacles, great for reading and hobbies.
  4. Magnifying lenses – Perfect for quickly checking pricing at stores or reading fine print when out and about.
  5. Sunglass filter lenses – Reduce glare and increase contrast while protecting against UV rays for better eye comfort.

5 Common Ways to Protect Your Vision

Preventing or delaying the loss of vision is important and requires being informed, taking steps to change your lifestyle, and working closely with your eye care professional.

  1. Schedule an annual eye exam with your eye care professional
  2. Know your family history of eye diseases
  3. Stay active and Eat healthily
  4. Don’t smoke
  5. Wear glasses to protect against harmful UV rays

Finding ways to effectively use your remaining vision to maintain the lifestyle you are accustomed to is vital to your overall mental and physical well-being.  Connect with us to learn more about low vision and the solutions that will assist you in your day-to-day life.

Feb 08, 2023

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