February is low vision awareness month and we can think of no better time to call attention to an important condition that affects millions each year. We want to take time to inform you of the causes and risk factors related to low vision as well as how to prevent and protect your sight as you age.
Low vision refers to vision loss that cannot be corrected by a medical, surgical, or corrective lens treatment. Those who struggle with low vision often experience difficulty in everyday tasks such as reading, shopping, writing, cooking, watching TV, or recognizing faces.
Though a majority of those with low vision are age 65 or older, low vision can occur in younger people depending on several risk factors such as genetics, infection, disease, injury, and trauma.
Common conditions that can lead to low vision include:
It is important to note that the normal aging of the eye does not lead to low vision.
Even though there is no cure to low vision, practicing healthy, daily lifestyle habits can reduce your risk of developing it. Some of these habits include:
Regular comprehensive eye exams are essential to protecting and preserving your eyesight. A low vision specialist will work with you to treat and determine a customized care plan on how to manage your symptoms and help you build your visual potential. Treatment may include learning strategies on how to navigate the world with low vision, using magnifying or adaptive devices, and providing support and resources for your benefit.
It is hard to restore vision, but with rehabilitation, we can help preserve the vision and customize treatment plans to help patients adapt and regain independence with low vision. If you have risk factors for low vision or are concerned about your eyesight, contact Claris Eye Care today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
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