If you experience difficulty seeing well enough to accomplish everyday tasks even while wearing updated prescription lenses, you may be suffering from what eye professionals call “low vision.” The fact is that reduced vision not corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses should not be considered a normal part of aging. If you have trouble recognizing friends’ or relatives’ faces, or have trouble performing tasks that require that you see things up close, you may want to speak with an eye professional about the use of low-vision aids that can help you cope with lost vision. There are a variety of high- and low-tech tools, as well as easy lifestyle modifications, that can make life more enjoyable for the vision impaired. Warning signs of low vision include difficulty matching clothing and discerning color as well as experiencing difficulty at home because lights do not seem to be as bright as they used to be. Low vision aids, such as magnifying devices, can help many patients lead comfortable, normal lives with few interruptions of regular activities. Whether or not you experience vision problems, it is important to have routine eye exams because the symptoms of many vision diseases can go unnoticed.
Dec 27, 2011