What Is Low Vision?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), low vision affects 14 million Americans over the age of 12 who self-report visual impairment. Low vision remains grossly underdiagnosed with only one half of the estimated 61 million Americans with a high risk of serious vision loss having had an eye exam in the last 12 months. It is very important to always do an eye exam to detect any signs of an eye condition to get immediate treatment.
What is Low Vision?
Low Vision is when visual acuity becomes less clear, less sharp or less bright. Low vision is defined as having a distance vision that is reduced to 20/50 or worse. This can lead to problems reading, problems driving (especially at night) and problems seeing the expressions on people’s faces.
What Conditions Cause Low Vision
Many different conditions can lead to low vision including Glaucoma, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Non-Age Related Macular Degeneration, and Cataracts.
Currently, in the United States, 1,600,000 Americans aged 50 or older have Age-Related Macular Degeneration with 5.3 Million Americans over the age of 18 suffering from Diabetic Retinopathy. In addition, 20.5 Americans over the age of 40 have Low Vision due to Cataracts with 2.2 Americans having low vision due to Glaucoma.
Call for an Appointment Today
After Dr. Koplos has determined the cause of your Low Vision, she will design a comprehensive program of either visual training or special visual devices to help to maximize your vision.
Proper and early diagnosis of the underlying condition causing your Low Vision is essential to maximize your remaining vision. Call us today to make an appointment with our Low Vision Expert Dr. Koplos at 915-533-1811.