Low Vision & How You Can Prevent It

 

What is “low vision”?

Low vision is when your vision cannot be corrected to 20/70 or better, even with glasses or contacts. Typical causes of low vision include, cataracts, AMD, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration: is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss central vision; in one or both eyes.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetes causes many complications in the body, particularly in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years old.
  • Glaucoma: The name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve by high intraocular pressure in the eye. Known as the “thief of sight, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
  • Cataracts:A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which disrupts light passing through the pupil to the back of the eye (retina). Over time a cataract leads to diminished sight in the affected eye and eventually to blindness if untreated. Unlike AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye Disease, Cataracts can be removed through Laser Cataract Surgery.

These eye conditions make doing dailyactivities difficult such as cooking, driving, reading, and even recognizing the faces of friends and family.

How Yearly Eye Exams Can Lower the Risk for Low Vision

Just like an annual physical, a yearly eye exam is important for your overall health. Comprehensive eye exams are critical in the prevention and early detection o various eye diseases. Several eye diseases do not show symptoms until vision loss has occurred. However, if a condition is detected early, there is the potential to prevent vision loss.

During an eye exam, your Precision Vision optometrist will evaluate the health of your eyes through a series of comprehensive tests, while checking for the very conditions that cause low vision such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy.

Call Precision Vision today to schedule an eye exam and learn what you need to do to keep your eyes healthy!


Give the Gift of LASIK this Holiday Season!

December is the time of year that families and friends get together before the start of the New Year, however, have you noticed that someone in your family might not be seeing as well as they used to? Well help them out this holiday season by giving them the gift of LASIK! It can also make a great gift for you, if you are someone who also suffers from poor eyesight, so spoil yourself this year and start the New Year with 20/20 vision.

LASIK, which stands for Laser-in-situ Keratomileusis, is the most common type of laser vision correction. By using bladeless technology, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that helps correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Precision Vision is fully committed to using the safest and most advanced LASIK technology available. By using a blade-less laser, we have raised the standards of LASIK surgery, providing a quick and easy procedure that gives our patients the eyesight they deserve.

Within weeks, our patients are able to view the wonders life has to offer through their own eyes, without the assistance of glasses or contacts. If you or someone you love is not qualified to be a LASIK candidate, Precision Vision also offers PRK to help you guide a loved one a step closer to having 20/20 vision. Remember not every gift lies under the Christmas tree this year, so schedule a consultation today and allow Precision Vision help you give the gift of LASIK!


How to Lend Emotional Support to A Friend Who Just Lost Their Eyesight

Nothing can be quite as devastating as losing your ability to see. As one of the senses you use most, your vision can be considered one of the driving forces of your body. If you have recently discovered that one of your friends or family members has lost their eyesight, you may not know if there’s anything you can do to lend a hand. However, we have created an article with a few ways that you can emotionally support a friend who lost their eyesight.

Keep Them Company

Losing your vision can be beyond isolating. To help your friend not feel so alone as they adjust, try keeping them company. If your schedule permits, try going over to their house every day for the first couple of weeks. By having something to look forward to, you can help them feel less isolated.

Drive Them Round

As an adult, one of the most difficult parts about losing your vision is losing your ability to drive—-which can feel like you’re losing your independence. As your friend is transitioning, offer to drive them around so they can still get things done like grocery shopping. The more your friend feels like they’re able to do the same things as before, the easier the new transition will be.

Read to Them

To help your friend pass their time without dealing with too much boredom, try reading to them. Ask them to pick one of their favorite books and spend a little time each day reading with them. Additionally, consider helping them learn braille. As a way for the blind to read, Braille uses raised characters that you can feel with your fingers. By learning braille with your friend, you can show a great amount of support.

It’s hard to always show someone support when they are going through a difficult time. However, if your friend has recently lost their eyesight, consider using the tips above. To learn more about vision loss or care, contact Precision Vision today!