There are many celebrations and observances in the month of February but none as important to the eyecare business as ‘February is Low Vision Awareness Month’. In this article we will learn more about the meaning of low vision and its effects. We will also offer some valuable advice on what you can do if you are experiencing low vision.

Low vision is defined as having difficulty seeing even with corrective interventions such as glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Persons who are experiencing low vision will find they struggle to perform many daily tasks such as reading, driving, or cooking.

Low vision is not uncommon for people aged 65 and older. Losing perfect 20/20 vision is an accepted part of the aging process. There are a variety of conditions that contribute to low vision in older adults. These include cataracts and glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes-related issues. Younger people who are struggling with low vision are likely to be affected by hereditary or infectious eye disease issues. No matter the underlying cause of ‘low vision’, the more important subject is how to operate effectively when you are suffering from this condition.

So what should you do if you are having trouble with your vision and suspect you are suffering from ‘low vision’?

First, make an appointment with an eyecare specialist. You need a proper diagnosis and the oversight of a professional that is trained to identify vision problems as an initial step towards finding solutions that will help to enhance your life. Positive responses that will support improved vision can include the following:
• Purchasing and utilizing magnifying and vision adapting devices
• Developing strategies for daily living skills to allow the individual to maximize their enjoyment and independence
• Providing resources and support

More frequently the public and businesses are gaining awareness of this problem. Books and movies, menus and many other printed items are made available in larger print to help those who are struggling to see.

If you are a victim of low vision, please make an appointment with Island Eyecare. Our professional, caring, and trained staff will work with you to ensure you have the best opportunities possible to maximize your vision.