Early Detection Is the Key to Preserving Vision
NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2022 – Low vision, which affects millions of Americans, can make it difficult to do everyday activities such as reading, shopping, cooking, or writing. However, technological advances and vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision stay independent and make the most of their sight.
February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a great time to learn more about low vision and take steps to maximize the health of your eyes.
“The most important thing you can do for your eyes is get a comprehensive eye exam,” says Dr. Andrea Zimmerman, a low vision specialist at Lighthouse Guild. The three main causes of low vision and blindness in the United States are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease. Only a comprehensive eye exam can detect these diseases in their early stages and help preserve vision.
While low vision cannot be corrected by regular eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery, new technologies and rehabilitation can make life easier and more fulfilling. Lighthouse Guild offers some practical tips for people who are experiencing low vision.
Lighthouse Guild provides exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. Our podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, visit Lighthouseguild.org.
Tips on Coping with Low Vision from Lighthouse Guild