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National Low Vision Awareness Month – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

As you are reading this, you have probably taken for granted the ease with which you are reading. For those afflicted with “low vision” reading their computer screen is a difficult task, even after enlarging the text. According to IALVS, Low vision is defined as visual impairment that is not correctible through surgery, (such as conventional glasses, contact lenses, LASIK, or cataract surgery), which is reduced to the point of interfering with everyday tasks. Vision may be reduced from medical, congenital, or traumatic causes. According to The National Eye Institute, 2.9 million Americans currently suffer from some type of Low Vision ailment. Someone with Low Vision may be struggling to read this article, write, drive, or watch television. Symptoms Most eye disease symptoms are painless and diseases may be advanced prior to any noticeable changes. However, when noticed, Low Vision is often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots, or tunnel vision. Early Detection Annual eye exams are necessary, partially due to the speed at which vision changes occur in seniors. In some conditions, it may be too late to prevent blindness if not seen annually. There are no cures for diseases such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration, meaning the damaged cells will not regenerate and it can only be treated but not cured.

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