Did you know that February is Low Vision Awareness Month? And even more importantly, do you know what that means? Many people mistakenly think low vision is the same as poor vision, but the terms are not quite interchangeable. Here’s a little more about what this condition is, the causes of low vision and possible treatment options.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a form of visual impairment that can’t be corrected by contacts or glasses, prescription medication or even eye surgery. The eyesight of those with low vision is not only unclear but also often includes other compounding issues like tunnel vision or blind spots, which can cause partial sight. Anyone, no matter their age, can have this condition, but it’s most prevalent in adults and the elderly population.
There are many possible causes of low vision, but some of the most common ones include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. It can also be caused by diabetic retinopathy, other diseases, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
How is it Treated?
Each individual’s treatment for low vision will vary and should be customized to their specific circumstances. But there are some widely used poor eyesight treatment options often favored by eye doctors. These include video magnification, specialized optic systems, and visual aids. Those with low vision are also often referred to medical rehabilitative therapy, where they get help learning how to participate in normal activities that are now hindered by this eye condition.
The best way to keep your eye health and eyesight prioritized is to get an annual eye exam. Have you had yours? In honor of Low Vision Awareness Month, we invite you to contact us anytime to get it scheduled.