As America’s baby boomers enter their senior years, they may notice a gradual loss in some areas of sight. Loss of peripheral or central vision could indicate low vision, a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, pharmaceuticals or surgery. More than 2.9M people in the U.S. suffer from low vision and it is most common in people age 60+.
What is low vision?
“More likely than not, everyone knows someone with low vision — maybe a mother, sister, neighbor, or co-worker,” said Dr. Paul Michelson, Chair of The Vision Council’s medical arm — known as the Better Vision Institute — and a low vision consultant. “Recognizing the symptoms of low vision early and taking the proper actions may help preserve sight and in some cases, lessen the advance of low vision.”
Low vision can impair the ability to complete activities of daily living or follow routines and enjoy pastimes — such as reading — that people take for granted.
At first, people might notice a bit of distortion in their vision. An object that is straight in reality — a telephone pole, for example — may appear curved or wavy to a person with low vision. A low vision diagnosis is often the result of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or another aging eye disease.
Low vision differs from presbyopia, which is when the ability to focus on near objects diminishes. Presbyopia, which can be corrected with reading glasses or other optical solutions, typically emerges between ages 40 and 45. Signs of low vision are broader than presbyopia and include:
- Areas of blurred or distorted vision or spots and blotches in your vision
- Shadowed or darkened field of view or noticeable loss of peripheral vision
- A gradual loss of central vision
- Cloudy and blurred vision or exaggerated “halos” around bright lights
- Blind spots in your field of view
Preventive Measures and Resources
Seeing an eye doctor at the first sign of any visual changes can help to detect the diseases that result in low vision. In general, seeing an eye doctor is an important step in maintaining eye health. The onset of low vision is a slow progression of symptoms and the ultimate goal is to maintain remaining sight and prevent further deterioration in vision.
Sometimes, a pharmaceutical or surgical solution may stop further development of one of the diseases associated with low vision, but there are also eye care providers who specialize in low vision. These specialists can introduce patients to low vision devices such as stand magnifiers, closed-circuit TVs, and telescopic lenses that help people affected by low vision maintain independence and improve their ability to perform daily tasks.
Dr. Michelson continued, “We urge people to check on family, friends, and neighbors who might be experiencing some of the signs of low vision. Vision training, vision rehabilitation, and low vision devices can help people maintain and optimize visual function, and preserve as much sight as is possible.”
At the onset of any symptoms of low vision, The Vision Council reminds people to:
- Seek an accurate diagnosis and develop a good relationship with an eye care provider
- Know the risk factors of not maintaining sight and the overall prognosis
To learn more about low vision and find resources, visit www.whatislowvision.org.
”The information and resources on this new website can teach people more about the changes they are experiencing and help them make the most of their remaining vision — which can lead to increased independence and quality of life,” said Dr. Michelson.
About The Vision Council
The Vision Council is the global voice for vision care products, practices, and services. We represent eyewear manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry by providing education, consumer outreach and advocacy. The Vision Council also serves as a resource to the public who want to learn more about options in glasses and sunglasses, eyewear trends, and advances in technology. Learn more at www.thevisioncouncil.org or find us on Facebook.
CONTACT: Erin Hildreth, The Vision Council, +1-703-548-5089; or Susan Caldwell, Access Public Relations, +1-540-204-4033
Focus on Your Vision During Cataract Awareness Month
Over half of all Americans will develop cataracts by the age of 70 – but poor vision doesn’t have to be an inevitable fact of aging. During Cataract Awareness Month in August, YourSightMatters.com wants to help seniors understand the simple outpatient procedures available to restore their vision and get them back to driving, reading and seeing clearly.
“Recent technological advances means cataract surgery can do more than remove cloudy lenses. It can improve vision for those who are near or farsighted,” said James W Klein, M.D. of Lakeshore Eye Surgery Center in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. “In addition, a recent study showed that cataract surgery can also reduce a patient’s risk of breaking a hip in a fall.”
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the United States, and yet many affected individuals avoid treatment. To help put patients at ease, YourSightMatters.com provides a helpful list of questions for patients to ask their surgeon. In fact, cataract surgery is usually performed in an ambulatory surgery center, takes less than fifteen minutes and patients can resume most normal activities the next day.
Since cataracts develop over years, gradual changes in vision can become the “new normal” and therefore ignored longer than necessary. Some people even describe cataracts as looking through a “dirty windshield.”
Visit YourSightMatters.com to find a local surgeon who specializes in cataract surgery, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Blurred, cloudy vision
• Difficulty seeing at night or while driving
• Sensitivity to light
• Seeing a “halo” around bright lights
• Colors appear faded or yellowed
A comprehensive eye exam will determine whether cataracts are present and whether you are a candidate for surgery. Cataract surgery is covered by Medicare, and most private insurance plans.
For real stories from real people who have experienced cataract surgery, please visit www.YourSightMatters.com.
About YourSightMatters.com YourSightMatters.com is powered by eye care professionals who are committed to preserving and restoring vision. This coalition represents 300 ophthalmologists and optometrists across the United States. Your Sight Matters is supported by AmSurg, a leader in eye surgery for over 20 years.
Media Contact: Jill Meyer, 615-780-3397
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