Monthly Archives: February 2018
New studies predict a boom in cases of low vision, but help is available.
As the last of the baby-boom generation approaches the age of 65, the number of cases of visual impairment and blindness is projected to experience a boom of its own in the coming years. According to recent studies funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of Americans who are visually impaired—including those with low vision— is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050.
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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for individuals age 50 and older. In its earliest stages, AMD can be difficult to diagnose. In some cases, AMD progresses so slowly that many do not notice a change in their vision. In other cases, the deterioration is very rapid and can appear to happen overnight.
Low Vision is a term used to describe significant vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery, or medication. Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes. While the condition isn’t reversible, medical care, support, and rehabilitation can help patients make the most of their remaining vision and enable them to attain a higher quality of life.
South Jersey Eye Associates offers both Low Vision Assessments and Rehabilitative Services designed to help our patients recover independence lost due to vision impairment. We are dedicated to providing patients with the expertise, information, and support they need to meet the challenges that Low Vision presents in their day-to-day lives.