Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, people find every day tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV and writing can seem challenging.
Millions of Americans lose some of their vision every year. Irreversible vision loss is most common among people over age 65.
Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma and diabetes. A few people develop vision loss after eye injuries or from birth defects. While vision that’s lost usually cannot be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have.
Your eye care professional can tell the difference between normal changes in the aging eye and those caused by eye diseases.