February isn’t just about cupid’s arrows and paper hearts, it’s also Low Vision Awareness Month! According to the American Foundation for the Blind, 23.7 million American adults suffer from some form of vision loss, even when wearing prescription lenses. This February, give your eyes a little love and learn a bit more about low vision.
What is Low Vision?
Though low vision may be confused with poor eyesight, the two are very different conditions. While prescription lenses, surgery, or medication can help improve poor eyesight, the same cannot be said for low vision. The latter is a permanent condition, described broadly as reduced vision that cannot be corrected by the options mentioned above. While its causes are varied, from macular degeneration to glaucoma, low vision is not normally associated with the normal aging process. Symptoms of low vision include:
- Loss of Central Vision
- Loss of Peripheral (Side) Vision
- Blurred Vision
- Generalized Haze
- Extreme Light Sensitivity
- Night Blindness
If you recognize any of these symptoms, be sure to book an appointment with your optometrist.
Caring For Your Vision
They say that prevention is the best medicine, and we couldn’t agree more. The best way to preserve your vision is to nip deterioration in the bud with annual comprehensive eye exams. Learn the risk factors that can cause varied eye disorders, like smoking and excessive UV light exposure, and take action accordingly. Finally, you can give your eye health a much needed boost by incorporating healthy foods, like salmon, eggs, almonds, and more into your diet. These preventative measures can help keep your eyes healthy and reduce your risk of developing various forms of low vision.
Living with Low Vision
While low vision has no cure, there are ways to adapt to the condition. Low vision rehabilitation can improve quality of life by helping individuals adapt to their limitations and learn to compensate for them early on in the progression of vision loss. There are plenty of opportunities to make the most of a patient’s remaining vision, including commonly prescribed devices and more innovative technologies to help them live their best life.
Our focus is you. If you are noticing changes in your eyesight, be sure to give us a call at 903-838-0783 or book an appointment online so that we can help you get a clear focus on your future!