Low vision is visual impairment, not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
The leading causes of low vision are age-related diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 45 percent of all cases.
Vision loss can have significant impact on seniors.
Dr. Jerry Hecker, a Jewish Home eye specialist says:
“It’s very difficult for elders when they lose their vision. Mobility, independence, reading and even watching television–abilities that we usually take for granted —are so important that when they are impacted negatively, it can be a huge loss. That loss can easily trigger depression, which leads to a whole list of physical and mental challenges.”