Did you know there is a Low Vision Awareness Month? February is the official month for low vision awareness, but it is important to be aware of this condition year-round. What is low vision? It refers to partial sight or sight that cannot be corrected by surgery, contact lenses, eyeglasses or medications. In the United States, people diagnosed with low vision often have a degenerative eye disorder such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration. But, low vision doesn’t discriminate by age, sex or race – it can affect anyone at any time in their life.
In observance of the month, Low Vision Technologies encourages everyone to have annual eye exams – even if they have perfect vision. Low vision can hit at any time and most patients don’t realize they’re losing their sight until it is too late. While there is no way to correct low vision, there are ways to help keep it from progressing – but only if it is caught early enough.
If you have low vision, you need to get a low vision examination. This will prevent further vision loss. These aren’t the same types of examinations that others get. Instead, it is a thorough review of your medical and vision history. It looks to see how your visual impairment affects your everyday life – such as reading, cooking, working, learning, etc. The goal of the exam is to assess your overall functional needs, what you’re capable of doing and your limitations because of your low vision. Also, an examination can help provide you with resources for rehabilitation, treatment and prevention.
Low Vision Technologies was created to help those with low vision cope with their disorder. It doesn’t matter how much vision you have (or don’t have), everyone deserves some help. Assistive technologies are advancing every year – and more technology is being released each year to help people with low vision read, cook and even drive their cars.
We know having low vision isn’t easy. In fact, our founder has low vision and has been living with it for over 25 years. The good news is, Low Vision Technologies can help educate you on what is out there to help you live with low vision. From the latest low vision apps like Heare – an app that lets you see and experience things to their full extent even if you can’t’ – to discussing clinical trials and educating you on diseases, Low Vision Technologies is here for you and your loved ones.