If your vision interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities, even with standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, then you have Low Vision.
Sometimes, older adults feel that low vision is just a part of aging that they have to accept. But vision loss is NOT a normal part of aging. There are services and devices that allow people who cannot see well to continue leading independent and full lives.
People with low vision can improve their quality of life through vision rehabilitation services to teach them how to use their remaining vision more effectively. Using a variety of visual and adaptive devices may bring back or help them keep their independence. Learn more at “Making the Most of Your Vision”.
There are many different products currently in the market to assist people with low vision, and more are being developed. Here is an overview of what is available, what it does and what types of vision they can benefit.
Several web resources that can help you find a vision specialist in your area.
There are a number of organizations, both nationally and locally, for people with low vision. They can provide you with information and support in your area.
Have you ever looked through a pair ofbinoculars or opera glasses and realized that things were much clearer? Binoculars and telescopes magnify the images to allow people to see more clearly. For many years, surgeons and dentists have used telescopic glasses to allow them to see details more easily. This same concept has been used to improve the vision of thousands of people with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and low vision to see plays, ball games, computer screens, artwork, scenery, books, and paintings.
“I’m worried about my mother”, Janet said. “Lately, she’s been telling me that she sees things that aren’t there – bugs, flowers, faces floating in the air! Is she getting Alzheimers?! She’s healthy and has always been sharp as a tack, although she has macular degeneration. What should I do? Yesterday, she said some children were playing in her yard but there was no one there!”