Low Vision -- There Is Hope
Connect with a low vision specialist in the Southwest Missouri area.
Vision Source Southwest Missouri can help people living with low vision. We can connect you to a team of healthcare professionals and a wide range of adaptive technologies that can help you manage day-to-day tasks and live fully and independently.
Because there are many proven tools and techniques and emerging new technologies, it is important to talk to a Southwest Missouri area specialist about the options available to you.
What Is Low Vision?
Low vision is different than blindness. When you have low vision, medicines, surgeries, glasses and contact lenses may no longer improve your sight. But there is still some remaining vision.
While low vision is most common after age 65, it is not a normal part of aging. It is often a result of illness such as diabetes or eye disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, or age-related macular degeneration.
Do I Suffer From Low Vision?
It is important to schedule an exam with a doctor who specializes in low vision care. He or she will measure your useful vision and work with you to adapt to the challenges of low vision. The goal is to find ways for you to continue to live fully and independently.
The sooner the cause of vision loss is detected by an eye care professional, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, schedule an appointment with a specialist --
Do you have difficulty recognizing faces of family and friends?
Has it become challenging to read, cook, sew or fix things around the house?
Is it difficult to select and match the color of your clothes?
Does it feel like the lights are dimmer than normal?
Are you having difficulty seeing traffic signs or the names of stores?
What Low Vision Treatment Can Do For You
While it cannot restore lost vision, a low vision treatment plan can help you make the most of the sight you have.
A team of professionals will help you access adaptive devices and technologies that will enable you to continue enjoying activities and living independently.
Here are just a few tools and technique that are available to you --
Optical devices, such as magnifiers or closed-circuit televisions
Assistive tools, such as large-print texts, talking devices, and special light fixtures
Special techniques to help you make the most of your remaining vision
Home and work modifications to support routine activity
Custom eyewear with tinted UV filters to manage light sensitivity and heighten contrast
Caring for a Loved One With Low Vision
Loss of vision can be upsetting for both the individual and his or her caregiver. People with low vision can feel scared, isolated and helpless. There are ways you can help, including:
Scheduling an appointment with a low vision specialist
Advocating for your loved-one’s needs with their care providers
Encouraging him or her to take an active part in the treatment process
- Ensuring that he or she has full access to the array of technologies, devices and support services