The month of February is Low Vision Awareness Month. What exactly is low vision? Low vision describes significant visual impairment that isn’t correctable through glasses, medication, eye surgery or contact lenses. It’s often characterized by partial sight such as blind spots, tunnel vision or blurred vision. The most common causes of low vision in the United States are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. There are several other causes of low vision as well such as strokes, traumatic brain injury and other diseases.
It’s easy for many of us to take our physical health for granted. Running, jumping and even climbing stairs doesn’t seem like a task until you’ve sprained an ankle or even broken a bone or torn an ACL. Similarly, having healthy vision is something so taken for granted by many of us that it tends to recede into the back of our minds until one day our eyesight isn’t as crystal clear as we remember.
Low vision refers to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, prescription drugs, glasses or contacts. It’s often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision. Low vision can impact people of any age, but it is primarily associated with adults over the age of 60.
Eat your fish, ladies! A recent study has found women who consume larger amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce their chances of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among older Americans. According to AllAboutVision.com, AMD is the degeneration of the macula, the part of the retina responsible […]