Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults in your community. Low vision can make it hard to do things like reading, shopping, cooking, or writing. And it can’t be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery.
But there’s good news! Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision stay independent and make the most of their sight. Low Vision Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about low vision and spread the word about vision rehabilitation services.
- Do you have trouble seeing clearly even though you use glasses or contacts, or have had corrective surgery? You may have low vision. Learn more: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision
- Low vision is when people have trouble seeing — even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. It can make it hard to do everyday tasks like reading, shopping, or cooking. See this video from the National Eye Institute to learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision/living-low-vision
- Many people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, or diabetes. Although lost vision usually can’t be restored, there’s a lot people can do to make the most of the vision they have. Learn more at https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision
- If you or a loved one has low vision, there is help and there is hope. Find out about the benefits of vision rehabilitation services: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision
- Low vision can make reading the mail, shopping, cooking, watching TV, and writing a challenge. But there is help. To learn more, download the “Living With Low Vision: What you should know” booklet at https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/outreach-materials/living-low-vision-what-you-should-know-booklet
- The National Eye Institute has a resource for people with low vision and their families and friends. “Living With Low Vision” is a booklet and companion video filled with inspiring stories and information about vision rehabilitation. Download your copy today! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/outreach-materials/living-low-vision-what-you-should-know-booklet
- Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision learn to live independently and maintain their quality of life. Watch these videos for real success stories: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision/living-low-vision
- Watch these inspiring stories of people living full, happy, and active lives with low vision: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/low-vision/living-low-vision
- Learn about the role health care professionals play in helping people with low vision maintain their independence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3WEegpB1Xc
- People with vision loss often experience depression, anxiety, and confusion. Learn how you can help a loved one with low vision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3WEegpB1Xc