Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What is Low Vision?

In this industry we use the word low vision all the time and just assume that everyone knows what it means. Until I started working at Vision Dynamics I thought I knew what it meant and I was so wrong.
Like most people, I assumed that if you were diagnosed with low vision it could be taken care of with a pair of glasses and you would be on your merry way. This is not true. Below is the definition and description of low vision to clear up common misconceptions.
Low vision is a class of visual disabilities, which result in progressive loss of visual acuity and functionality and cannot be cured by medication, surgery or corrective lenses. Low vision disorders include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and certain types of stroke-related vision disabilities.
Low Vision is the third leading cause of disability among seniors - ranking only behind heart disease and arthritis. It is a major cause of falls leading to fractures, head injuries and hospitalizations. It is also a significant cause of depression as it robs seniors of the opportunity to lead safe, independent and fulfilling lives. It leads to enormous health care costs for the elderly.
Symptoms of low vision include difficulty recognizing objects at a distance, distinguishing colors (particularly in the green-blue-violet range), and seeing well up close (such as reading or cooking). Those afflicted with low vision often cite difficulty recognizing faces of friends and relatives, doing things around the house because lights seem dimmer, and matching colors of clothes. Age-related macular degeneration affects 26% of those over 75 and strikes one American every three minutes.
If you or a loved one is struggling with any of these symptoms there is hope and help available even if your Doctor has said to you, "I am sorry there is nothing else I can do for you".
There is something that can be done about it. Come to Vision Dynamics and let us help you try a new way.