Low Vision is vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, medication, or surgery. The most common age-related causes of low vision are macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes. Low vision can include poor night vision, blurry vision, tunnel vision, and blind spots. Because low vision primarily affects the elderly, caregivers can mistake visual conditions for cognitive issues. The effects of low vision can even be mistaken for confusion in the elderly.
At the age of 45, less than one percent of people are likely to have low vision, but by the age of 75, that statistic jumps to almost five percent, and then to fifteen percent by the age of 85.
Low Vision Resources
There are lots of ways to help those with low vision.
* Have a specialized eye exam with an opthalmologist.
* Assess the tools that can help: electronic magnifiers, hand held magnifiers, large print items, proper lighting, and software can all maximize vision.
* Low Vision Design Consultation: a Low Vision Specialist can point out the danger zones in a loved one's living environment and can correct them easily.