What’s the one sense you would be most fearful of losing? According to the American Optometric Association’s American Eye-Q survey, 49% worry most about losing their vision – more than their memory and ability to walk[1].

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Maybe you know someone with low vision or maybe it something you’ve never really thought about. Here are three relevant reasons to educate yourself and take preventative action:

  1. People who have low vision are not completely blind but they don’t have vision that can be completely corrected with glasses, contacts, medication, or surgery. You may have low vision if you can’t see well enough to read, drive, tell colors apart, or recognize people’s faces.
  2. Millions of people suffer from uncorrectable vision impairment. As of 2012 about 4.2 million americans age 40 and over were affected but that number is predicted to more than double by 2050 due to increasing rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases[2].
  3. Low Vision cannot be cured but there are many low vision services available to help one make the most of remaining vision. Helpful aids like magnifying glasses, reading prisms, and lenses that filter light are used to assist those with low vision. Seeing your optometric physician for regular, comprehensive visits is the best way to stay on top of your eye and vision health!

 

Additional articles about low vision on eyecare.org: What is Low Vision? | The Low Down on Low Vision | Does Someone you Love Have Low Vision? | Macular Degeneration Can Be Helped With Low Vision Services

 

[1]2018 American Eye-Q Results. Higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com. https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/MBGH/4f7f512a-e946-4060-9575-b27c65545cb8/UploadedImages/Eye_Health_TK/2018_American_Eye-Q_Results_1_23_19.pdf. Published 2019. Accessed February 2, 2022.

[2]Fast Facts of Common Eye Disorders | CDC. Cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basics/ced/fastfacts.htm. Published 2020. Accessed February 2, 2022.