Low vision is when even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people have difficulty seeing, which makes everyday tasks difficult to do. Activities that used to be simple like reading the mail, shopping, cooking, and writing can become challenging.
Among younger people, vision loss is most often caused by inherited eye conditions, infectious and autoimmune eye diseases, or trauma.
For people with low vision, maximizing their remaining sight is key to helping them continue to live safe, productive, and rewarding lives.
The first step is to seek help
What causes low vision?
Low vision can be caused by several factors, and while age plays a role, it is not the only risk factor involved. Some common causes of low vision in seniors and adults of all ages include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or eye injury. Diabetes can also lead to extreme vision problems and result in low vision. Learning more about the conditions related to low vision can help you take proactive steps to protect your health and eyesight.
How many people have low vision?
- It’s estimated that 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired.
- Visual impairment is among the top 10 disabilities in the U.S.
- Over the next couple of decades, the current number of blind or visually impaired Americans will double.
Help for Vision Problems
While Low Vision Awareness Month is the ideal time to learn about this condition and about the risk factors you could be facing, you should get in touch with a low vision specialist any time you have concern about your eyesight. Any time you notice a change in vision, if you receive a new diagnosis or have one or more of the risk factors detailed above you should schedule an appointment right away.
If you have concerns now or any time of year, contact us for an appointment and to learn more about your vision. You’ll get peace of mind that comes from knowing you are taking proactive measures to protect your health and vision, and if needed, the adaptive tools you need to resume your favorite activities and routines.