Low vision is a visual impairment, not correctable with standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
What causes low vision?
• Most people with low vision are over 65 with leading causes being age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataract, and glaucoma. AMD accounts for almost 45% of all low vision cases.
• Among younger people, low vision is usually caused by inherited eye conditions, infectious and autoimmune eye diseases, or trauma.
How many people have low vision?
• It’s estimated that 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired.
• Visual impairment is among the top 10 disabilities in the U.S.
• Over the next 30 years, aging baby boomers will double the current number of blind or visually impaired Americans.
For people with low vision, maximizing their remaining sight is vital to living safe, active, and productive lives.
Regular comprehensive eye exams are critical to the identification and treatment of conditions that may lead to vision loss.