The first week of February is White Cane Week to bring awareness about blindness and vision impairment.
Low vision is described for people with reduced eyesight that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Currently, there are approximately 285 million people who are visually impaired globally. With early detection, 80% of visual impairments can be averted or treated. Some common eye conditions that cause low vision include: age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Do you have low vision?
Low vision individuals may have difficulty with performing everyday tasks. There can be a central, peripheral or general loss of vision. For example, do you have difficulty recognizing the faces of people? Do you have trouble doing close-up tasks such as reading or sewing? Do bright lights seem dim to you?
Although loss of vision cannot be regained, there are devices available to maximize the remaining eyesight. Some of these include:
- Magnifying glasses or lenses
- Large print books
- Closed Circuit Television
- Talking devices
If you feel yourself or know of someone who may have low vision, there could be ways to help maximize the remaining vision. Talk to our Optometrists today for more information about low vision. CLICK HERE to book an appointment or call us at (905) 889-0809 to schedule your eye health and vision assessment.