The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has declared July “Celebrate Senior Independence Month” and has issued six helpful ideas for seniors diagnosed with low vision. According to the Academy, more than 2.5 million senior Americans have low vision, which cannot be improved by corrective lenses or surgery. Dr. Beth R. Friedland wants her patients in the Triangle to be aware of how they can retain their independence, even with a diagnosis of low vision. Park Ophthalmology is the Triangle’s trusted source for vision information.
Now, what is low vision? Low vision is a vision problem that is not correctable through any therapy or surgery. It might include partial vision, blurriness, tunnel vision, and in some cases blind spots. Many individuals in this inoperable situation can be considered legally blind.
Park Ophthalmology offers the AAO’s six tips for helping people with low vision maintain their independence:
- Set the scene: A simple change, such as grouping furniture in small settings, means less distance vision is needed during conversations. Patterns in furniture and rugs can be visually confusing. Textured upholstery is better because it gives clues to the item by touch, rather than by sight.
- Contrast and color: Items can be seen better when they are brightly colored or contrast with surroundings. Some areas for colors and contrasts include switch plates, steps, doorknobs, electrical outlets and landings.
- Brighten it up: Those with low vision can benefit from brighter lighting. Add floor lamps or specific task lighting for crafts or cooking. Allow natural light in through the windows.
- Tech solutions: Smartphones and tablets can be configured with larger text for reading. Voice command software can answer questions, automatically dial phone numbers, and create voice memos.
- Remove hazards: Area rugs and waxed floors present slip and fall risks. Tape area rugs to the floor, use non-glare floor products and move electrical cords and cables from walkways.
- Schedule regular eye exams: During a full eye exam, Dr. Friedland will determine the type and degree of vision loss. She will recommend appropriate treatment and follow-up care. Some low vision can get worse without monitoring and treatment so it is vitally important to keep a regular schedule of eye exams.
Concerned about yourself or a loved one with low vision? Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule a complete eye exam.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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