Each day, approximately
10,000 Americans turn 65, and one in six adults this age and older has a vision
impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. As part of
its support for Senior Independence Month this July, MiSEPS and the American
Academy of Ophthalmology is providing older adults with low vision guidance on how
to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.
An estimated 2.9 million
Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to
accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving
a car or recognizing faces. Low vision can be caused by eye diseases that are
more common in older people, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and
diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, there are many strategies and resources
available to people with low vision that can help them overcome these
Here are some tips to help overcome low vision:
- Make things bigger by sitting closer to the
television or getting large print books. Carry magnifiers for help.
- Make things brighter. Make sure areas are
- Organize and label. Designate spots for your
keys, wallet and frequently used items in your refrigerator. Label
medications with markers or rubber bands.
- Participate. Don’t isolate yourself. Keep your
social group, volunteer job or golf game. Ask for the help you need.
To learn more about
age-related eye diseases and low vision resources, visit www.geteyesmart.org