Each February organizations across the country take time to draw attention to Low Vision Awareness. But what exactly is Low Vision? According to the National Eye Institute at the National Institute of Health, Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. And this can have a further impact on quality of life and the ability to maintain independence, support a family or maintain a home.
Today more than 14 million Americans live with low vision. Most people who experience low vision are age 65 or older, as many conditions causing low vision are age-related. These can include any number of conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts or Fuch’s dystrophy. But young people can also experience low vision, often due to inherited eye conditions, infectious and autoimmune disease, Stargardt's (juvenile macular degeneration), or some sort of trauma such as sports injury or accident.
Living with low vision however doesn’t mean giving up all the things you’ve enjoyed doing. New accessible technologies, tools and devices that are being developed and released almost daily, there are many services locally and national that can provide information, resources and support for individuals with vision loss
Click on any of the links above or visit our Vision Resources website online.