Low Vision Awareness Month

February 2018

02.21.2018

Low vision is difficulty seeing even with contact lenses, glasses, different medications and surgery. All ages are impacted by low vision, but it’s predominately an issue in people 65 and older. Low vision can sometimes make it challenging to complete daily living skills like picking out clothes for the day, putting on makeup, reading the mail and paying bills or cooking a meal. The key to working with clients who have low vision is to maximize their remaining vision so they can continue to live an independent life.

We are very fortunate to have a Low Vision Clinic at MAB that provides personalized, comprehensive low vision services which give patients the opportunity to explore optical solutions for their daily lives. Dr. Laurie Hoffman, OD, FAAO Low Vision Optometrist and Dr. Brittany Flaherty, OD Low Vision Optometrist provide low vision clinical exams within our clinic. Exams may include counseling on the specific eye condition, explanation of the eye report, screening for overall eye health, updating the eye glass prescription, and prescribing medications. Their goal with each client is to help them maximize their remaining vision. They do this by using tools such as magnifiers, high-powered reading glasses, and telescopic options.

By age 65, 1 in 6 Americans has a vision impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses or contacts and the number of visually impaired or blind Americans is expected to double by 2030. We need your help to bring awareness to this issue and continue to provide the tools and resources to those with low vision. Please remember it’s important to get a yearly exam to increase the chances of early detection and diagnosis of different conditions that can lead to vision loss.

Image of a young girl’s face as she is being examined by an eye doctor. She has a device over her eyes as the doctor checks her vision
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