Henry, recently retired, was eager to catch up on his reading. But he noticed that when he read, the words were blurry, despite the fact that he was wearing a set of newly prescribed contact lenses. Suspicious, Henry immediately made an appointment with his ophthalmologist and discovered he had low vision. Through his doctor, Henry learned how protect his remaining sight and access the many services available to low vision patients.
Like Henry, if you wear corrective lenses and still don’t see as well as you’d like, it’s time to see an eye care professional. February is Low Vision Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to see your doctor to rule out low vision – or to catch it early and seek treatment.
What is low vision and who does it effect?
Low vision is a visual impairment that can’t be remedied with standard corrective lenses, medication, or surgery.1 The condition can make common daily activities such as reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV a significant challenge.1 Low vision also result in feelings of helplessness and depression.1
Low vision often cannot be restored, but it can be managed with proper treatment and vision rehabilitation.3 The sooner the condition is detected, the greater the chances of keeping the remaining vision.3
What are the symptoms of low vision?
People with low vision can’t see well enough to do simple, everyday tasks — even if they use regular corrective lenses, medicine or have had surgery. Symptoms include finding it difficult or impossible to4:
Drive a car
Match the color of clothes
Early Detection Is Key.
Learn more about the symptoms and causes of low vision, and the services available to cope with the condition. And then schedule an appointment with your eye care professional if you are experiencing any symptoms.
Vision rehabilitation are available to help people adapt to vision loss and maintain their current lifestyle. A vision rehabilitation program offers a wide range of services, including training in the use of magnifiers and other adaptive devices.
Henry did the right thing by seeking treatment. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of low visions, it’s always a good idea to get an eye exam!