Observing Low Vision Awareness Month
Low Vision Awareness Month is every February, and it is a time to spread awareness about vision rehabilitation and how it supports individuals to live full, active lives.
Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. Of these, 3 million have low vision, which impacts daily activities like reading, shopping, cooking and more.
Low Vision and Older Adults
Most people with low vision are 65 or older. Leading causes may include:
Treatments and Support
While standard treatments such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicines, and surgery can’t fix low vision issues completely, rehabilitation can help individuals maximize their current skills and learn how to stay independent and make the most of their sight.
By working closely with a low vision specialist, patients can obtain a plan that identifies strategies and assistive devices appropriate for their particular needs.
Vision rehabilitation can include the following:
- Training to use magnifying and adaptive devices
- Teaching new daily living skills to remain safe and live independently
- Developing strategies to navigate around the home and in public
- Providing resources and support
While low vision can’t be reversed, it can be managed. For more educational resources and tools, access the links below: